Census, Energy Debate, Health Care Costs

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This week, Hartford Courant columnist Dan Haar talks about the results of the latest U.S. Census, which show Stamford has surpassed Hartford in population. Also, Haar talks about the debate over energy legislation at the state Capitol, and the cost of health insurance.

Here’s an excerpt from Haar’s column last week about the growth Stamford has seen and Hartford’s declining population. Read more at courant.com.

In the mind of most any longtime Connecticut resident, Stamford is not one of the Big Three. Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport, the old-line, core New England cities, all are anchors for suburban towns that grew up in the post-World War II era, and all struggle with a legacy of poverty.

Stamford, an edge city with corporate and media spillover from New York — and no suburbs — remains smaller than the Big Three in that vision.

DATABASE: Has your town’s population grown?

No longer. Census data being released Thursday show that Stamford passed Hartford in population in 2012 by the thin margin of 216 resident souls — 125,109 to 124,893.

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