NEW CANAAN, Conn. — New Canaan’s population has increased slightly since 2010 now up to 20,110.
The increase of 337 people in the first year and a half since the last national census in 2010 was a 1.7 percent gain for the town, data released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau said. In 2010 the town had 19,773 people.
The gain, though small, did not surprise Tucker Murphy, executive director of the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce , who believes more people are coming to the town because of a recent national phenomenon with offices coming to the suburbs rather than just the major cities and people can have a shorter commute. She added that the relatively low taxes and strong public school system also draw people to the town.
Murphy also believes the population will stay close to where it is. “We are pretty well built out in town,” she said.
New Canaan’s growth over the past year and a half is close to the growth of Fairfield County at 1.63 percent over the same time period. The overall growth was from 918,814 to 933,835 for a difference of 15,021, the data said.
“We are on a strong course,” Lisa Mercurio of the Business Council of Fairfield County said, “You don’t want to see people moving from the region.”
Mercurio, who works as the director of Fairfield County Information Exchange for the business council and tracks population information, added that the county’s population increase is in line with where it has been, and where an UConn database project’s the population to be by 2025.
According to the database the population will increase anywhere from about 1 percent to 8 percent depending on the fertility level.