Poverty, Income & Health Insurance in Connecticut: Summary of 2007 U.S. Census Data

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Data from the U.S. Census Bureau show that there has been a decline in recent years in the total number of uninsured residents in Connecticut. However, the state has not made significant progress in reducing poverty since the beginning of this decade. Connecticut families experienced this lack of progress on poverty even during recent years of economic growth. In 2007 (prior to the state’s new economic downturn), more than one in ten Connecticut children (10.6%) lived in poverty. Among all residents, 7.9% fell under the poverty level.

Based on a comparison of two-year average uninsured rates, there was a statistically significant improvement in the total number of uninsured residents in recent years, declining from 10.9% in 2004-2005 to 9.4% in 2006-2007. There was no statistically significant change in health insurance rates for children in Connecticut. In 2007, among Connecticut children under age 18, 5.2% (43,000) lacked insurance for the entire year.

A summary of Connecticut health insurance data, along with income, and poverty data for several major cities, all counties, and the state are available for download below.