Connecticut Facts: 38 Interesting Facts About Connecticut

Last updated on January 9th, 2019

31. The first public tree planting program in America was conducted in New Haven, CT. The city was given the nickname “The Elm City” because the trees planted in the program were elms.[22]

32. Bridgeport is Connecticut’s largest city followed by New Haven and Hartford.[1]

33. ESPN, the world’s first sports cable channel was launched in Bristol, Connecticut in 1979. With this fact also learn that Stamford, Connecticut is where the headquarters of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. is located.[24,25]

34. Lyme disease (spread by ticks in Northern Hemisphere) was first identified in 1975 in Old Lyme, Connecticut.[23]

35. John Haynes was Connecticut’s first governor.[3]

36. Connecticut is one of the most densely populated states of the U.S.[4]

37. The first fully operational steel mill in America opened in Simsbury, Connecticut, in 1728.[30]

38. Mark Twain, an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer, wrote his famous adventure of Huckleberry Finn while in Hartford, Connecticut

Connecticut – Quick Facts and State Symbols

State AbbreviationCT
State CapitalHartford
Largest CityBridgeport
State SizeTotal (Land + Water): 5,543 sq miles; Land Only: 4,845 sq miles
(Estimate July 1, 2017 from United States Census Bureau)
StatehoodJan 9, 1788
State rank by population29th
State rank by date of formation5th
State rank by area48th
Number of Counties8
Bordering StatesMassachusetts, New York, Rhode Island
Highest PointMassachusetts border on south slope of Mount Frissell
Lowest pointLong Island Sound
Sea level
Length 70 miles (113 km)
Width110 miles (177 km)
GovernorDannel Malloy
Electoral Votes7
State MottoQui transtulit sustinet (He who transplanted sustains)
State NicknameConstitution State
% Water12.6
Noble prize WinnersBarbara McClintock (Physiology or Medicine, 1983)
Alfred G. Gilman (Physiology or Medicine, 1994)
George A. Akerlof (Economic Sciences, 2001)
Craig C. Mello (Physiology or Medicine, 2006)
Edward C. Kendall (Physiology or Medicine, 1950)
John F. Enders (Physiology or Medicine, 1954)
John H. van Vleck (Physics, 1977)
Roger W. Sperry (Physiology or Medicine, 1981)
Famous peopleFloyd Little (Pro Football player)
Roger Connor (Baseball player)
Rebecca Lobo (Basketball player)
Seth MacFarlane (Actor)
Tony Scherr (Singer)
U.S. President Born in Connecticut1. George Walker Bush.
State Flag

Flag of Connecticut

State seal

Seal of Connecticut.svg

State coat of arms

Coat of arms of Connecticut.svg

State quarter

Connecticut quarter

State BirdAmerican robin


State fishAmerican Shad


State FossilEubrontes giganteus

Dinosaur State Park (Rocky Hill, CT) - close-up.JPG

State FlagshipFreedom Schooner Amistad

Freedom schooner Amistad
State FlowerMountain laurel

Kalmia Latifolia.jpg

State InsectEuropean Praying Mantis

European Mantis

State mineralGarnet


State shellfishEastern oyster

Crassostrea gigas p1040848.jpg

State TreeCharter Oak

The Charter Oak Charles De Wolf Brownell 1857.jpeg

Longitude71°47′ W to 73°44′ W
Latitude40°58′ N to 42°03′ N
Time ZoneEastern Time Zone
Area Codes203, 475, 860, 959
Table last updated02 July , 2018