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Connecticut

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Location of Connecticut State


Capital: Hartford

Population: 3,590,347 (Source: 2012 U.S. Census)

Major Cities: Bridgeport, New Haven, Hartford, Stamford, Waterbury

Borders: Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, Atlantic Ocean

Gross Domestic Product (GDP): $229,317 million (2012 U.S. Department of Commerce)

Key Industries:
Agriculture including eggs, lobster, dairy products, cattle, poultry, and nursery plants
Aircraft parts, helicopters, transportation equipment, military equipment, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and electrical equipment.

How Connecticut got its name: The name Connecticut comes from the Native American Algonquian word quonehtacut, which means land of the long river.

Atlas of Connecticut State
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Connecticut State Symbols

State Nickname: Constitution State

State Slogan: Full of Surprises

State Motto: Qui transtulit sustinet (He who transplanted still sustains)

State flower: Mountain laurel

State bird: American Robin

State fish: American shad (state fish), Eastern Oyster (state shellfish)

State tree: White Oak

State mammal: Sperm whale

State foods: Nutmeg

Becoming a State

Date admitted: Wednesday, January 9, 1788

Number admitted: 5

Prior Name: Connecticut Colony, then sovereign state in Confederation

Postal Abbreviation: CT

Connecticut State Map


The Geography of Connecticut

Total Size: 4,845 sq. miles (source: 2003 Census)

Geographical Low Point: Long Island Sound at Sea Level (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Geographical High Point: Mt. Frissell on south slope at State line at 2,380 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Litchfield (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Central Point: Located in Hartford County approx. at East Berlin (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Counties: 8 (source: National Association of Counties)

Bodies of Water: Atlantic Ocean, Long Island Sound, Connecticut River, Housatonic River, Farmington River, Candlewood Lake, Bantam Lake

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There are no major professional sports teams in Connecticut.

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