Moreover, this is an ascending trend, and Milford schools are continually serving more minority students over time; as a result, public schools are enrolling a smaller percentage of white students (see Figure 2). This trend might point toward the emergence of a growing population of minority families with young children in the district.
As students from white families grow out of school age, the demographics of the district are beginning to shift, naturally engineering more racially diverse schools.
However, Milford is decidedly less diverse by these metrics than the suburbs situated more closely to New Haven’s urban core, such as West Haven and Hamden.
In addition, patterns of residence in Milford are reasonably spread out.
While one Asian enclave appears in census tract 1502 (in 2010, the neighborhood was 26.3% Asian, in comparison to the town’s 5.3% Asian population), most other racial groups appear to be dispersed evenly throughout the suburb (see Figure 1).The socioeconomic demographic data shows that the average Milford resident has a high level of income and is relatively well-educated.
Three-quarters of the housing stock in Milford is owner-occupied, and the median home value is $304,200.While Milford distinguishes itself greatly from urban New Haven in economic terms, educational attainment in the two environments is comparable, with around one third of both populations possessing a Bachelor’s degree or higher.
While, on the surface, the town is remarkably similar to other New Haven suburbs, Milford residents benefit from a fairly middle-of-the-road residential experience – close analysis of demographic trends reveals how Milford balances a high White population with steady increases in minority residents, and, while economic privilege is evident in income statistics, Milford is not an exclusively wealthy suburb, and provides opportunities for lower-income residents to live and work in a stable business environment.