Connecticut — Facts & Figures
While Connecticut was first explored by the Dutch, who founded trading posts, the first permanent settlements were made by English Puritans from Massachusetts, starting in 1633.
General Description & Facts
Within its compact borders, Connecticut has forested hills, new urban skylines, shoreline beaches, white-steeple colonial churches, and historic village greens. There are classic Ivy League schools, modern expressways, great corporate offices, and small farms. Connecticut is a thriving center of business, as well as a vacation land. It is both a New England state, and suburban to New York City.
Name of State: Connecticut
Statehood: January 9, 1788 (5th state)
"The Constitution State" was adopted by Act of the Legislature, 1959.
Quinnehtukqut -- Mohegan for "Long River Place"
or "Beside the Long Tidal River"
Capital: Hartford, the sole Capital City since 1875
Current Governor: M. Jodi Rell
State Motto: Qui Transtulit Sustinet
-- "He Who Transplanted Still Sustains"
Population: According to the 2000 U.S. Federal Census, the population of Connecticut was 3,408,565. The most recent official population estimate from the Connecticut State Department of Public Health is 3,409,549 as of July 1, 2000.
Most Populous CT Cities (2000 U.S. Census)
· Bridgeport (139,529)
· New Haven (123,626)
· Hartford (121,578)
· Stamford (117,083)
· Waterbury (107,271)
Area: 5,018 square miles
Counties: 8 (View CT Towns by County)
Hartford County, New Haven County, New London County
Fairfield County, Windham County, Litchfield County
Middlesex County, Tolland County
Towns: 169 Cities: 21 Boroughs: 9 (View CT Town Listing)
Connecticut is Famous For:
Inventors (Charles Goodyear, Elias Howe, Eli Whitney, Eli Terry), Inventions, Watchmaking, Typewriters, Insurance, Submarines, Helicopters, Brass
The emblems of the State of Connecticut are:
The CT State Seal was provided for in the Constitution, 1818
The CT State Flag was adopted by Act of the Legislature, 1897
The CT State Flower — the Mountain Laurel (adopted 1907)
The CT State Bird — the Robin (adopted 1943)
The CT State Tree — the White Oak (adopted 1947)
The CT State Animal — the Sperm Whale (Physeter Catodon) (1975)
The CT State Insect — the Praying Mantis (Mantis Religiosa) (1977)
The CT State Mineral — the Garnet (adopted 1977)
The CT State Song — "Yankee Doodle," (adopted 1978)
The CT State Ship — USS Nautilus (adopted 1983)
The CT State Hero — Nathan Hale (adopted 1985)
The CT State Shellfish — the Eastern Oyster (adopted 1989)
The CT State Composer — Charles Edward Ives (adopted 1991)
The CT State Fossil — Eubrontes Giganteus (adopted 1991)
The CT State Heroine — Prudence Crandall (adopted 1995)
The CT State Tartan was adopted by Act of the Legislature in 1995
View list of Connecticut Historic Firsts