Connecticut is a small state found in the north-eastern part of the United States of America. It is located in the New England region of the country and is bordered by Massachusetts to the north, Rhode Island to the East and New York State to the south and west. Connecticut is home to approximately 3,580,800 people with approximately 124,775 living in the capital city of Hartford. Connecticut is the 4th most densely populated state in the U.S. It has a long history of involvement with the government of United States and is still one of the most influential states in the country.
Interesting facts about Connecticut
- The first settlers of Connecticut were Dutch and half of the modern-day state was once a part of the Dutch colony, New Netherlands. These settlers were overrun by English settlers and they abandoned their fort in 1654.
- The first copper coinage in the United States was started in Connecticut in 1737.
- Connecticut is home to the United States oldest library, The Scoville Memorial Library, which was opened in 1771.
- Much of the southern and western parts of the state of Connecticut are part of the New York metropolitan area.
- Connecticut has a number of nicknames and is known as: The Constitution Sate, the Nutmeg Sate, The provisions State and The Land of Steady Habits.
- Connecticut was the first colony in the United States to have a constitution.
- Highest mountain summit in Connecticut is Bear Mountain which is located in Salisbury, which reaches 708m (2323 ft). The highest point in the state of Connecticut is the south slope of Mount Frissel, which is also located in the state of Massachusetts. The highest point within the state of Connecticut is 725 m (2,379 feet).
- Connecticut is named after the Connecticut River which flows through the state cutting the state in half. Connecticut comes from the Algonquian word “quinatucquet”, meaning “upon the long river.”
- The state flower of Connecticut is the Mountain Laurel.
- The state song is Yankee Doodle, which is a reminder of the role that Connecticut played in the Revolutionary War.
- Connecticut averages between 2,400 and 2,800 hours of sunshine per year. Temperatures in the state can be very extreme with the highest ever recorded temperature 106 °F (41 °C) and a lowest recorded temperature of ?32 °F (?36 °C)
- The world’s first nuclear powered submarine was built in Groton, Connecticut in 1954.
- Only two states of the United States did not ratify the prohibition act (amendment 18) one of those states was Connecticut, the other was Rhode Island.
- Connecticut is only the second state in America to legalize same-sex marriages. The decision was passed on November 12, 2008.
- Yale University is located in the state of Connecticut and was established in 1701.
- Connecticut was home to the first law school in the United States, Litchfield Law School, which ran from 1773 to 1833.
- Connecticut has been home to some very famous and influential people such as Mark Twain, Noah Webster, Benedict Arnold and Harriet Beecher Stowe, just to name a few.
- Connecticut is one of the wealthiest states in America with a median household income of $68,595.