Based on U.S. Census data, the Hartford metro area falls just after Flint Mich. when comparing population loss from July 2014 – July 2015. The area, including Hartford, Tolland and Middlesex counties, has always lost some older residents to warmer climates, but their numbers are small compared to the number of young people leaving the region.
The Courant quotes Peter Francese, a demographer who studies the region, “A tiny, tiny percentage of people over the age of 55 ever move,” he said. “They’re rooted to where they are. They’ve got friends, they’ve got networks. The people who leave are 75 to 80 percent young people.”