Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs

What is HartfordInfo.org?
HartfordInfo.org provides a gateway to information about the city of Hartford and the surrounding region.

A tour of the HartfordInfo.org homepage

  1. On the left is a list of topics that cover current issues. These are documents and links to websites about issues of importance to Hartford. They include things like the Hartford Community Policing Plan and Workforce Profiles of the cities in the Capitol Region and etc.
  2. On the right is a Google search box and useful links to other websites including those of the Hartford Public Library, Hartford 2010, the city of Hartford, the 2-1-1 Infoline, and a useful list of community organizations.
  3. Datasets: In the center, you can access various kinds of data, from historical data from the 1970 to 2000 census, to datasets about the various neighborhoods and other geographic units in the region. There is also a spreadsheet “Neighborhood Snapshots,” which gives essential data for the neighborhoods of Hartford. Detailed data from the Hartford Public Schools, Department of Social Services and other agencies is also available for each neighborhood.

What does the Google search box in the top right in the home page search?
The search box searches only documents and websites available on HartfordInfo.org. It does not search the datasets.

How can I find data based on geography ?
Use the drop-down arrow in the center box to see the various geographies or point and click on the map, or use the "Browse all Community Data" link to the left of the map.

What is the difference between a Neighborhood and a Neighborhood Revitalizations Zones (NRZ)?
Hartford has 17 traditional neighborhoods and 14 Neighborhood Revitalizations Zones (NRZs). Neighborhood Revitalizations Zones were created by the Connecticut State Legislature as a means of providing a structure for bringing all the stakeholders in the inner cities to the table to revitalize the cities neighborhoods. NRZs are not the same as traditional neighborhoods, as they were defined by residents, rather than the city government. In some cases the NRZ boundaries are the same as those of the neighborhood. However, in most cases, the neighborhoods and NRZs that share the same name do not cover the same area. For more detailed information, click here.

What kind of datasets are available?
Hartford at a Glance provides data about Hartford as a whole and compares it to data from Hartford County, and Connecticut on a spreadsheet. Information on Demographics, Housing, Economics, Education, Children, Health and Crime are collected in one location.

Neighborhood Snapshots provides data about Hartford neighborhoods, and compares them to each other. A summary of demographic, housing and income data from Census 2000, this spreadsheet presents data for all Hartford neighborhoods. It includes information on people, racial composition, income, housing, poverty, education and employment.

Schools Data is an interactive data retrieval system provides access to information for children in each neighborhood attending Hartford Public Schools from September 2003 to June 2004.

Trends Statistical Profiles is an interactive data retrieval system which displays U.S. Census data from 1970, 1980, 1990, and 2000, for Hartford neighborhoods. Trends in the demographics, housing, education, and employment are evident.

Crime Data is an interactive data retrieval system which displays data on arrests in Hartford for 2005, as well as calls for service concerning quality of life issues such as noise.

Children and Families Data is an interactive data retrieval system which displays information about foster care placements and substantiated cases of child abuse from the Connecticut Department of Children and Families.

Social Service Data is an interactive data retrival system which displays information about children and families in Hartford receiving services from the Connecticut Department of Social Services.

What is a census tract?
Census tracts are developed by the U.S. Census Bureau. Several census tracts usually compose a neighborhood. Within census tracts are census blocks, and block groups. Often grant-writers and community development officers need to know what census tracts and blocks cover a particular area. This information is two clicks away. First click on Browse All Community Data to the left of the maps, then in the box at the bottom of the page, “View Census Tract and Block Maps.” This page shows Neighborhoods and NRZs side by side and lists the census geographies. For a map, click on the neighborhood or NRZ. Additionally, a map of census tracts is located here

What is a data collection area? What are the different types?
Because of confidentiality issues many types of data are only available at the census tract level. In order to approximate neighborhoods, data from individual census tracts have been aggregated to create "whole census tract" data collection areas.

Some data is available for smaller geographic areas (census blocks and block groups), so we have provided maps which show the outline of the traditional neighborhood along with the census blocks and the tracts they make up.

Data for the NRZs from the 2000 Census have been estimated to conform to NRZ boundaries.

What are the different kinds of maps?
Static maps are available of the neighborhoods on the general profile page. In addition, maps of the whole census tract neighborhoods, census tracts and blocks, and NRZs are also available. In the future, maps of the areas covered by the zip codes in the region, and voting districts will be available. In addition, there are various maps in pdf format: a street map of Hartford showing neighborhoods, a map of tax exempt property, etc. These maps are accessible by using the links on the right side of the home page.

Can I access data about areas outside of the city of Hartford?
We have limited amounts of information about the region, including data on Hartford County, the Hartford Metropolitan Statistical Area, the Capital Workforce Development Region, and the municipalities that compose it. Workforce profiles for each city or town in the Capital Workforce Region are available.

How often are the data updated?
Items are updated as often as our data providers are able to release their data, and the HartfordInfo.org staff to analyze them. Ultimately, most of the data are released every year, and we strive to make sure everything is updated at that time.

How is the accuracy of the data verified?
The data providers for HartfordInfo.org are responsible for the accuracy of the data provided to HartfordInfo.org.  They have developed standards for quality control to insure accuracy.  HartfordInfo.org staff also checks data and documents any errors or additional considerations that should be taken into account.  However, all data are subject to human and processing errors.  If you find an error, please feel free to contact us about it.  We will make every effort to correct errors in a timely manner.

What if I can’t find the information that I am looking for?
If you can’t find the information that you are looking for, e-mail through our feedback/comments page or call 860-695-6295. We will help you find the information you are seeking.

Are there restrictions on using information from the site?
No. This information is available to use free of charge. Please cite BOTH the original source of the data and the HartfordInfo.org website when using information for grant proposals, reports, or presentations. All maps, tables, and charts in the Neighborhood Profiles and Statewide Data specify the original data source. Users should seek permission to use copyrighted materials from the copyright holder.

Does the information posted here represent the views of the HartfordInfo.org?
No. The views expressed are those of the authors and should not be attributed to the Hartford Public Library, HartfordInfo.org, its funders, or its staff.

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