New Britain’s population is holding steady according to US Census data estimates reported by the Courant May 22nd.
The city’s estimated population in 2010 was 73,202 and was 72,939 in 2013, a drop of 263 residents.
The census counts are a key to funding formulas for a wide variety of state and federal funding programs that support cities and towns.
A Brookings Institution brief points to the importance of population numbers in terms of public investments and economic aid. Billions of federal dollars flow into communities based on the results of the census that is taken every 10 years. The latest numbers show New Britain — an economically distresses city — is faring no better or worse in the way state and federal funds are disbursed.
The count also figures in the way Congressional districts and political boundaries are drawn.
For example, New Britain was once part of the 6th Congressional district prior to 2000 but population drops reduced the number of Congressional districts to five.