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Connecticut’s post-WWII population is now nearly twice as big as in 2000, and it is now the most popular state for obituary writing, according to a Globe analysis of Census data.
While Connecticut’s postwar population of 1.7 million is the third-largest in the country, the state has about half the number of obituars as California and New York, and its share of obituary write-ins has increased to almost 40% from less than 20% five decades ago.
That’s a remarkable growth rate, according in part to the state’s aging population, which has seen its number of residents fall since 2000.
Connecticut’s total number of citizens who died before their time, including those who have lived to their death, has also increased, reaching 7.2 million in 2015, according the census.
“Connecticut is one of the fastest-growing states for obit-writing,” said Kevin O’Connor, the census bureau’s executive director.
The state is also the most diverse in the nation, with Hispanics accounting for a quarter of the state population.
And in the years following the tsunami, the number and frequency of write-offs in Connecticut’s community and the broader area of Connecticut have increased dramatically, O’Connell said.
In 2011, the post-war state was the last in the Northeast to allow people to write their own obituas.
Since then, the U.S. census has reported a surge in write-ups in Connecticut, including an explosion in the number.
“That was something that people wanted to write,” O’Connorson said.
“People felt that there was something missing.”
Connecticut’s population also grew in other states after the tsunami.
According to census data, the population in Vermont jumped from 1.4 million in 2011 to 2.3 million in 2016, more than any other state.
In New Hampshire, which was hit hard by the 2010 Great Depression, its population rose from 682,000 in 2010 to 792,000 last year.
The population of Maryland and Rhode Island also grew by more than 2 million during the postwar period.
But in Connecticut after the 2009 Great Recession, residents in the state fell behind in paying their mortgage and were not paying their rent.
Connecticut has had more than 100,000 people write-off their mortgages in the past decade.
In 2014, the Connecticut Post reported that more than 1,400 residents had lost their mortgages, and nearly 400 of them were seniors.
“I feel like we have been doing a good job, but we have a lot of work to do,” said Debby Nardone, a registered nurse who lives in West Hartford, one of Connecticut’s more prosperous communities.
The post-World War II boom also helped drive the growth in Connecticut.
By the end of the 1960s, the Census Bureau reported that there were more than a quarter million residents living in Connecticut with no mortgage.
That figure climbed to more than one in 10 by the early 1980s, according a Globe story published in 2016.
Connecticut was also the nation’s most populous state between 1950 and 1980, according census data.
But as the post war era ended, residents of Connecticut moved to other states.
By 2010, more Connecticut residents than residents of any other U.T. country lived in the Philippines, the Philippines being the largest U.N. refugee settlement in the world.
In addition to the post World War II migration, there was a resurgence of interest in the post 9/11 era.
“As much as we love our history, there’s always that element of nostalgia,” Oden said.
The Post and Courier newspaper reported that Connecticut was the “most popular place in the United States to live in in the 1950s” after 9/1.
It has been a state of increasing interest in Connecticut over the past several years.
“It’s not just about a big wave of new arrivals coming in, but also an increased sense of belonging in Connecticut,” Odean said.
There are more than 30 million Connecticut residents.
The most recent census, released in 2016 by the U of T’s Department of Social and Community Services, showed the state lost about 10,000 residents in a year to natural disasters and other reasons.
In 2018, the total number was down to 1.3 Million.
But the Census bureau has said that the overall numbers of residents remain higher than at any time in the last decade.
Oden believes the growth is due to economic reasons.
“If you go back to the Great Depression and World War Two, it was really a crisis, and there was very little incentive for people to move,” he said.
Connecticut is not the only state that has seen an influx of residents in recent years.
In Florida, which had more residents than any state in the U, more people than in any other place in Florida in 2000 wrote their own posts in 2018, according data compiled by the Pew Research