More Connecticut families may be moving out of the state than in — putting Connecticut in first place nationwide in “outbound” moves, according to one recent report — but a review of U.S. Census Bureau data by the New England Board of Higher Education reports that the state’s population isn’t actually shrinking.

Atlas Van Lines moving company last month reported that in six of the last 10 years, more families left Connecticut than moved in. In the remaining years, the number of families leaving essentially balanced out the number of families moving here.

But even with this exodus, Connecticut’s overall population actually increased by 4 percent between 2003 and 2012, reports the New England Board, after analyzing U.S. Census Bureau data. One fact the board credits for this increase is that thousands more children are being born in the state than are people dying.

Curious where people are moving when they leave Connecticut? Click here for an interactive graphic.

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Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

Jacqueline was CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, and an original member of the CT Mirror staff, joining shortly before our January 2010 launch. Her awards include the best-of-show Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for reporting on inadequate inmate health care, first-place for investigative reporting from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2020 for reporting on housing segregation, and two first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association in 2012. She was selected for a prestigious, year-long Propublica Local Reporting Network grant in 2019, exploring a range of affordable and low-income housing issues. Before joining CT Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College.

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