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The Hartford Region benefits from a strategic location in the heart of New England’s Knowledge Corridor that is home to world-renowned colleges and universities like Trinity College, Wesleyan University, University of Connecticut, Goodwin College, University of Hartford, and Yale. These institutions and others contribute 15,000 students/year to our growing workforce comprised of nearly 664,000 people.

New England Knowledge Corridor

  • Comprised of the Hartford, New Haven, and Springfield metro areas, which includes seven counties
  • Home to 41 colleges and universities and 215,000 students
  • Ranked in the Top 3 for advanced degrees

Hartford Workforce by the Numbers

  • 21% possess a bachelor’s degree (compared to 18% nationally)
  • 16% possess a graduate degree (compared to 11% nationally)
  • Labor force total: 663,596
  • Connecticut is ranked 3rd for percentage of adults with advanced degrees and 4th in the U.S. for labor force productivity
2018 Labor Force Breakdown 
Population 1,209,759
Total Working Age Population 1,012,524
Not in Labor Force (15+) 346,739
Labor Force 665,785
Employed 644,412
Unemployed 21,373