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Abbreviation CT
Source: United States Postal Service – Abbreviations
Capital Hartford
Population 3,574,097
Source: Resident Population Data – 2010 Census
Governor Dan Malloy (Democrat, to January 2015)
Entered the Union January 9, 1788
as the 5th state
Motto Qui Transtulit Sustinet (He Who Transplanted Still Sustains)
Nicknames The Constitution State, The Nutmeg State
Flower Mountain Laurel
Bird American Robin
Song “Yankee Doodle”
Professional Sports Teams Connecticut Sun (Women’s Basketball)
(sports listing policy)
Origin of Name From the Native American word “quinnehtukqut,” meaning “beside the long tidal river”
Historical Sites Nathan Hale Homestead, U.S. Submarine World War II Veterans Memorial (East), Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
Points of Interest The Long Island Sound shoreline, the P.T. Barnum Museum, Mark Twain’s home in Hartford, Yale University Vistor Center
Bordering States Connecticut borders New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.
Flag Connecticut's flag

Follow these links to read articles about Connecticut from Encyclopedias and Almanacs:

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Other State Links

  • 50states.com: Connecticut
    The site provides a wealth of information about Connecticut. It includes everything from the highest point to county profile to climate.
  • Things To Do in Connecticut
    ThingsToDo.com is an online guide to information about Connecticut’s entertainment, recreation, and travel, and includes the state’s interesting facts, famous people, and special events.
  • Roadside America: Connecticut Attractions
    Roadside America describes itself as an online guide to offbeat attractions. This site offers reviews of “weird sites along the highway” in Connecticut.
  • FedStats: MapStat: United States: Connecticut
    Fast access to statistics from more than 100 federal agencies on “economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more” in Connecticut.
  • Connecticut is home to the oldest U.S. newspaper still being published: The Hartford Courant, established in 1764.
  • The world’s first written constitution, the Fundamental Orders, was created in 1639 by English settlements that united to form the Connecticut Colony. That’s why Connecticut is often referred to as the Constitution State!
  • Connecticut natives were very patriotic during the Revolutionary War (1775-1783). About half of George Washington’s troops in New York in 1776 were from Connecticut!

Some Famous People from this State

  • Benedict Arnold, American Revolutionary general
  • P.T. Barnum, showperson and co-founder of Barnum and Bailey’s Circus
  • Dorothy Hamill, Olympic gold medalist and now professional ice skater with the Ice Capades
  • Katherine Hepburn, actress
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of many novels, including the anti-slavery Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Noah Webster, creater of Webster’s Dictionary