Census: Populations growing in all Fairfield County towns

A crowd of young people sit and drink at Tiernan's Bar and Restaurant while listening to bands perform during Alive@Five at Columbus Park in Stamford on Thursday, July 11, 2013.

A crowd of young people sit and drink at Tiernan’s Bar and Restaurant while listening to bands perform during Alive@Five at Columbus Park in Stamford on Thursday, July 11, 2013.

Towns across Southwestern Connecticut are growing steadily, even as populations dip in other corners of the state, according to a new report issued Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

For example, the town of Greenwich grew by 192 residents between 2012 and 2013, landing the town in the top quartile for fastest growing municipalities in the state. A new report released by the U.S. Census Bureau this week found that Greenwich grew from 62,204 residents on July 1, 2012 to 62,396 a year later – a gain of 0.3 percent. And it’s not just a one-year blip in Greenwich; the town has grown steadily over the last several years, up 1.8 percent since 2010.

During that time, population gains have been strong enough to boost Greenwich in to the Top 10 largest cities and towns in the state, after overtaking Hamden in 2011, and earning the No. 10 spot.

But Greenwich isn’t the only municipality in the state’s southwestern corner that’s swelling. Check out how local towns rank among all municipalities in the state in terms of their growth between 2010 and 2013:

Stamford outpaced Hartford in 2012 to become the state’s third largest city, and Fairfield jumped from No. 14 to No. 12 during the three-year period. In fact, every single town and city in Fairfield County grew between 2010 and 2013, a feat no other Connecticut county can claim.

Seven Fairfield County towns were among the top 10 most rapidly growing municipalities in the state over that time: Shelton was No. 2, growing by 3.5 percent; Bethel was No. 5, growing by 3.4 percent; Westport was at No. 6, growing by 3.3 percent; Wilton was No. 7, growing at 3.2 percent; Stamford was No. 8, growing at 3.0 percent; Danbury was No. 9, growing at 2.9 percent; and Darien was No. 10, growing at 2.7 percent.

Across the state, Fairfield and Hartford counties were the only two counties to increase in total population over 2012, with Fairfield County growing by 6,171 residents—about five times as fast as Hartford County’s 1,095 resident increase. Each of the state’s other counties reported lower populations in 2013 than in 2012, with New Haven County seeing the largest loss, at 1,371 fewer residents than the previous year.

 

 

Maggie Gordon