Hartford, CT

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Living in Hartford

Hartford is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Connecticut. With a population of 122,587 people and 40 constituent neighborhoods, Hartford is the third largest community in Connecticut. Hartford has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Hartford is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Hartford is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Hartford who work in office and administrative support (11.78%), sales jobs (9.15%), and healthcare suport services (8.65%).

Also of interest is that Hartford has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

A lot of people in Hartford take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Hartford, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.

The citizens of Hartford are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 16.82% of adults in Hartford have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree

The per capita income in Hartford in 2010 was $20,066, which is low income relative to Connecticut and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $80,264 for a family of four. However, Hartford contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Hartford also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 30.09% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Hartford is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Hartford home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Hartford, accounting for 44.55% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Hartford residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Hartford include Jamaican, Italian, Irish, African, and Polish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Hartford's cultural character, accounting for 21.51% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Hartford is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.