The latest metrics of the CERC Town Profiles™ are now available on CTData.org. In addition to the popular two-page summaries of current data for each of Connecticut’s 169 municipalities, the interactive version of the profiles enable users to compare geographies for various indicators. New features also include selecting historic and current PDFs, the ability to download datasets data, source links for the original data sets and the addition of Smarter Balanced education scores. The data includes detailed demographic, economic, housing, education, government and workplace data, sorted by town, and provides comparisons, such as:
- 8.5% of Griswold’s population are age four years or younger, the highest percentage by town or city in the state (and well over the state average of 5.3%), while 10% of Weston’s population is between the ages of five and nine.
- Connecticut has one of the highest median households incomes in the country ($70,331), behind only three states and D.C., and 125 towns and cities have a median household income higher than the state average. Leading this indicator are Weston ($217,171) and Darien ($208,906).
- Greenwich has the biggest net grand list in the state, and, at almost $31 billion, it represents almost 9% of the entire state’s net grand list. The smallest net grand list by town or city is in Union, which at almost $90 million, represents 0.02% of the state’s net grand list.
- Hartland has the lowest crime rate, with only 94 crimes per 100,000 people reported in 2014.
Over 10% of housing permits in the state in 2014 were issued in Stamford (639 permits).
- Roxbury had the lowest unemployment rate in the state in 2015 (at 3.3%).
- Less than 1% of Redding residents over age 25 do not have a high school diploma (the lowest in the state).
“The CERC Town Profiles are a proven resource, and we continue to provide this data as a service to economic development and real estate professionals, municipal officials and policy makers to assist in future growth strategies, planning and decision making,” said Alissa DeJonge, Vice President of Research at the Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc. (CERC).
The CERC Town Profiles are free for public use and are continuously updated as new data becomes available. They serve a broad audience and can be utilized in a number of ways, for example:
- Entrepreneurs looking to determine markets and how to grow their business
- Real estate professionals who need to portray a region
- Municipalities conducting strategic planning and updates to plans of conservation and development
- Economic development professionals preparing context for grant and other funding requests
- General public who are interested in learning more about their current or potential hometown