Discover the Largest City in Connecticut Now and in 2050

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Written by Alanna Davis

Published: February 17, 2024

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There’s no denying that Connecticut is one of the most interesting states in America. As one of the original 13 colonies, this state has lived through countless historical events. However, it is as contemporary as it is historical, and education, technology, and innovations are all at the cutting edge. It’s hard for anyone to predict what the world will look like in 2050. However, we can make predictions based on the data we currently have! Let’s discuss Connecticut’s largest city today and explore what it may look like by 2050!

What Is the Largest City in Connecticut Currently?

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Those who live in Bridgeport don’t have enough good things to say about it.

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According to the United States Census Bureau, the population in Connecticut was roughly 3.6 million in 2023. Although a majority of citizens find themselves living in urban areas, the population seems to be evenly distributed among cities for the most part. Currently, the most populous city in Connecticut is Bridgeport with roughly 148,000 individuals living there. However, the second and third-place cities are neck-and-neck when it comes to population. As of 2022, New Haven and Stamford had roughly 138,000 and 136,000 individuals, respectively. While Bridgeport has remained in the lead for many consecutive years, it seems that the popularity of New Haven is increasing, while that of Stamford is decreasing. New Haven first overtook Stamford in 2021, claiming the spot of second-most-populated city with a population percentage change of about 3.7% over the duration.

What Will the Largest City in Connecticut Be in 30 Years?

New Haven, Connecticut City Skyline

The population of New Haven is growing at an impressive rate, though it is unlikely to eclipse Bridgeport.

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While there’s some healthy competition among the middle ranks, it seems that Bridgeport has been securely in the number-one spot for a number of years. Based on this information, it’s safe to say that it will remain the most populated city for the foreseeable future. From 2020 to 2022, its population has grown at a rate of 0.14%. While it does seem that New Haven is growing rather aggressively compared to other cities in Connecticut, some of that may be due to the influence of Yale University. As this famous college grows, so too will the local population. In turn, if Yale were to decide to conduct massive layoffs or slow their admissions, the population would likely shrink. Bridgeport, in addition to having a head start of a few thousand people, isn’t so sensitive to factors like this.

Final Thoughts

Although a number of cities and towns are growing steadily across the state of Connecticut, Bridgeport will likely maintain its rank as number one by 2050. The cost of living in Bridgeport is affordable, the job market is full of opportunities, and the city has a youthful and exciting feel to it. Because of this, it is likely that it will steadily continue to attract more citizens.

CityPopulation (2022)
New Haven138,915

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About the Author

Alanna is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering insects, animals, and travel. In addition to writing, she spends her time tutoring English and exploring the east end of Long Island. Prior to receiving her Bachelor's in Economics from Stony Brook University, Alanna spent much of her time studying entomology and insect biology.

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