Capital: Hartford

Area: 5,543 square miles, ranks 48th of 50 U.S. states

Population: 3,596,080 (U.S. Census, 2013)

Settled: 1633, one of the 13 original colonies

Counties/Towns: 8/169

Regions: Fairfield: Is 30 miles of beautiful coastline, rolling hills and picturesque New England countryside. It’s a place where the shore, country and city come together to create a unique getaway destination to discover.

Mystic Country: Is an exciting and colorful destination blending the tranquility of classic New England seascapes and scenic rolling hills with rich cultural heritage and sophisticated, top-flight entertainment being home to the largest resort casino in the world, Foxwoods Resort Casino.

Litchfield Hills: The town of Litchfield is set amid the rolling Litchfield Hills, foothills of the Berkshire Mountains that provide a vibrantly colorful backdrop for autumn activities. Litchfield melds both history and cosmopolitan flair.

New Haven: The Greater New Haven area offers visitors an array of exciting arts and culture, wonderful accommodations, fine restaurants, shopping, meeting facilities, beaches, boat excursions and much more.

River Valley: Connecticut’s River Valley offers visitors big-city sophistication, along with the charms and splendors of the New England countryside: sparkling rivers and shoreline, centuries of history and culture, and an endless array of interesting sights to enjoy.

Nicknames: The Constitution State (informally, Nutmeg State or Land of Steady Habits)

Native American Name: Quinnehtukqut (Beside the Long Tidal River)

State Motto: Qui Transtulit Sustinet (He who transplanted still sustains)

State Gem: Garnet

State Flower: Mountain Laurel

State Tree: Charter Oak

State Bird: American Robin

State Animal: Sperm Whale

State Insect: Praying Mantis

State Shellfish: Eastern Oyster

State Fish: Shad

State Song: “Yankee Doodle”

State Ship: USS Nautilus (SSN571)

State Hero: Nathan Hale

State Heroine: Prudence Crandall

State Parks: 107, comprising 34,314 acres

State Forests: 32, comprising 170,636 acres

Length of Shoreline: 216 miles

Miles of Rivers & Streams: 9,700 miles

Number of Lakes & Ponds: Approx. 3,900

Principal Rivers: Connecticut, Housatonic, Thames, Naugatuck, Farmington

Highest Altitude: Mt. Frissell, Salisbury at 2,380 ft.

Geographic Center: East Berlin

Annual Precipitation: 42.85 inches

Number of Farms: Approx. 4,900

Air Service: 60 commercial and private airports, scheduled service from Bradley International in Windsor Locks, 15 miles north of Hartford; also from airports in New Haven, Groton/New London and Bridgeport.

Commercial Heliports: 8

Rail Service: AMTRAK’s Northeast Regional runs along the coast with links to New Haven and Hartford lines, and includes the AMTRAK Acela high-speed service; and Metro-North, with branches serving New Haven, New Canaan, Danbury and Waterbury

Interstates: Principal routes – I-84 (East and West), I-91(North and South), I-95 (East and West) and I-395 (North and South)

Principal Industries: Insurance (95 companies); manufacturing (jet engines, nuclear submarines, helicopters, plastics); tourism; electronics, high technology, pharmaceuticals and biotech

Universities: 42, including the University of Connecticut (8 campuses), Yale University, Wesleyan University, Trinity College and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy

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Unusual Connecticut: Zaffis Museum of the Paranormal

John Zaffis is the nephew of controversial paranormal investigators Ed and Lorrain Warren. He followed in their footsteps, and has become famous for his Museum of the Paranormal, which is located on the bottom floor of a two-story building behind his house in Stratford, Connecticut. The collection includes items from cases that he worked over the … Continue reading Unusual Connecticut: Zaffis Museum of the Paranormal

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