CT has highest rate of families leaving state, but population is increasing

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.