Hartford, CT
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Hartford is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Connecticut. With a population of 123,243 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, Hartford isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Hartford are a mix 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 (13.67%), sales jobs (10.17%), and healthcare suport services (6.83%).

Many people in Hartford take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Hartford citizens for affordable transportation.

In terms of college education, the citizens of Hartford rank slightly lower than the national average. 16.70% of adults 25 and older in Hartford have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.

The per capita income in Hartford in 2010 was $18,365, which is low income relative to Connecticut and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $73,460 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 31.93% 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 44.01% 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 Italian, Irish, Polish, and English.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Hartford's cultural character, accounting for 21.22% of the city’s population.

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