There are 3,251 people per square mile in the Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford metro area, lower than the national population density of 6,321 Americans per square mile across all U.S. metro areas. Hartford also has the second lowest population density of any Connecticut metro area.

Population density can have a meaningful impact on home prices in an area. There tends to be less demand for available real estate in sparsely populated areas, and home prices are often lower as a result. In Hartford, a typical home is worth $247,000, more than the national median home value of $194,500. Hartford has the third lowest median home value of any metro area in the state.

Dense metropolitan areas are often the most congested, with the average worker spending up to 38 minutes commuting to work in some cities. The average commute in Hartford lasts 23.6 minutes, shorter than the average commute time for Connecticut as a whole of 26.4 minutes and the second lowest of any metro area in the state.

One of the most effective deterrents to crime is other people. In more rural cities there is often fewer people and less streetlight to act as natural surveillance that can in some cases prevent petty crime. In the Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford metro area, there were 2,175 property crimes per 100,000 people in 2015, lower than the national property crime rate of 2,487 incidents per 100,000 Americans and higher than the statewide rate of 1,812 property crimes reported per 100,000 residents. Hartford has the highest property crime rate and second lowest violent crime rate in Connecticut.

Rank Metro Area Population Density
10 San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 6,920.5
9 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL 7,395.3
8 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 7,773.2
7 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH 7,980.1
6 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 8,417.7
5 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI 8,613.4
4 Honolulu, HI 11,548.2
3 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA 12,113.9
2 San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA 12,144.9
1 New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA 31,251.4