Change Indicator

Child race and ethnicity in Connecticut

Child race and ethnicity

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Why This Indicator Matters

As a state, Connecticut has become increasingly diverse over the last two decades, mirroring the nationwide growth of populations of color. However, 55 percent of Connecticut’s child population is non-Hispanic White, and children of color are still more heavily concentrated in the state’s few urban areas. Whenever possible, this report includes indicators disaggregated by race and ethnicity in an attempt to shed light on persistent racial and ethnic disparities in outcomes and well-being, which are often obscured by statewide data.

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Definition and Source



This indicator reports the percentage of children under the age of 18 who fall into the racial and ethnic categories designated by the U.S. Census. Where Census data is used, racial and ethnic categories refer to the categories self-reported by the head of the household or individual Census respondent. Respondents may report more than one racial group, and people of any racial group may also report any ethnic origin.

The specified race/ethnicity of children under the age of 18 as a percentage of all children in a town or county within Connecticut. The racial/ethnic categories reported are: 1) White 2)  Black 3) Asian 4) Other Race Alone 5) Two or More Races and 6) Hispanic or Latino. Racial group counts are for children identified as non-Hispanic. Those who identify as "Two or more races" may have also identified as Hispanic.

Data Source

U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates 2005-2009, 2007-2011, 2009-2013, 2011-2015, 2013-2017, 2015-2019, and 2017-2021. Tables B01001, B01001B, B01001D, B01001F, B01001G, B01001H, and B01001I.


Children under the age of 18 of each racial and/or ethnic group are summed to calculate the total child population for each racial and/or ethnic category. These totals are then divided by the total number of children to calculate the percentage of the child population in each racial and/or ethnic category. 

Last Updated

December 2022