According to new figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, Fairfield County led the state in population growth from July 1, 2016 through July 1, 2017. The data show that the county added 730 residents for the period, a 0.1 percent increase to total 949,921.
Of the state’s eight counties, three – Litchfield, Hartford and New London – lost population. All told, Connecticut gained 499 residents for the period.
Since 2010, Fairfield County had a 3.6 percent population increase with 33,075 new residents, for a total of 949,921 as of July 1, 2017. The state experienced a 0.4 percent growth with 14,070 new residents for a total of 3,588,184 over the same period. Hartford County, with an addition of 1,357 people, was the only other county to increase population over the seven-year period.
Leading the nation over the July 1, 2016-17 period was the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area, which gained nearly 74,000 new residents.
“Historically, the Dallas metro area attracts large numbers from both international and domestic migration,” said Molly Cromwell, a demographer at the Census Bureau. “Many of the other largest metro areas in the country rely mostly on international migration and natural increase for growth.”