“Connecticut is a sad sack of a state and no one wants to be there.”
Harsh words, certainly, but a hypothesis that is not only gaining steam but also has the numbers to back it.
Right on the heels of a Letters series from the Hartford Courant demonstrating how many people are down on Connecticut and ready to get out, we get hit with this bit of news: Our biggest areas of population are seeing a net population loss as residents move to other areas of the country.
From the Hartford Courant:
Hartford, New Haven and Fairfield counties lost 7,090, 6,725 and 6,506 people respectively to “domestic migration” from July 2013 to July 2014, according to estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Up until this past year, though, immigrants — “international migration,” according to the Census Bureau — made up for the loss of residents in most of the biggest cities.
That changed in the last year, as international migration to those areas held steady and domestic out-migration increased dramatically.
Almost every Connecticut county lost population in 2014, and migration numbers account for a big part of it.
So there you have it: People are leaving, not enough new people are coming, and it’s starting to become a real trend. So what are we supposed to do about it?
Start talking the state up! Connecticut isn’t just that anonymous land mass between New York City and Boston. It’s actually a pretty great place full of classic New England charm, and it’s our job to show the world. So start Snapchatting your nights at Mohegan Sun or Foxwoods, tweet about the crazy night you’re having at the local watering hole, and take selfies with the nationally famous pizza of your choosing.
If there’s one thing I’ve known social media to be great at, it’s showing off only the best of what you’re doing while simultaneously making everyone else get jealous and feel bad about themselves. So let’s just do that with Connecticut! Soon enough, everyone will want to be our friend and live here. Problem solved.
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