Why is Grace Academy Needed in Hartford?


Statistics for Hartford County, according to a recent report by The Aurora Foundation, include:



Consider the following*…


  • Hartford, CT, a high-poverty, majority-minority city of over 125,000 residents, is surrounded by several affluent, predominantly white suburbs. While the poverty rate in the city is 34.4%, the combined poverty rate of the surrounding counties is only 12.1%

  • Hartford is the fourth poorest city with over 100,000 residents in the country; In contrast, Greater Hartford has the nation’s seventh highest median income

  • Hartford’s median household income ($29,313),

    • Percentage of owner occupied homes: 23.6%

    • Median home value ($163,600) are each significantly lower than in the surrounding areas; Respectively, these county statistics are $65,499, 65.1%, and $238,600

  • The unemployment rate in the city is nearly double the rate in the surrounding counties, at a startling 12.2%

  • Demographically, the city of Hartford is approximately:

    • 15.9% Caucasian 

    • 38.3% African American

    • 43.6% Hispanic

    • *With a a median age of 30*

  • In contrast, the surrounding areas are much whiter and older, with a white population of nearly 65% and a median age of 40. 1  


  • About 15% of Hartford’s residents have a bachelor’s degree or higher

  • In Connecticut, Hartford’s per capita income is $29,319, the lowest of all the state's 169 municipalities, with 34.4% living in poverty


In a 2015 report compiled by Connecticut Association for Human Services (CAHS) for the KIDS COUNT Data Book, they cited the following: