Interesting Facts About Connecticut

Connecticut is a state located in the New England region of the northeastern United States of America. The state borders New York to the west and south (Long Island by sea), Massachusetts to the north, and Rhode Island to the east. Portions of southwestern Connecticut are considered part of the New York metropolitan area. Connecticut is the 29th most populous state with 3.4 million residents and ranked 48th in size by area, making it the 4th most densely populated state. Called the “Constitution State,” Connecticut has a long history dating from the early colonial times, and was influential in the development of early American government.

  • The USS Nautilus – the world’s first nuclear powered submarine was built in Groton in 1954.
  • The World Wrestling Federation or the WWF is headquartered in Stamford.
  • Bristol, CT is considered the “Mum City” of the USA because of the many Chrysanthemums grown and sold to various states and Canada
  • Tapping Reeve Law School, the first law school in the United States was established in 1784.
  • Cattle branding began in Connecticut when farmers were required by law to mark all of their pigs.
  • Ella Grasso was elected in her own right to be a state governor in 1974.
  • In 1937, Connecticut became the first state to issue permanent license plates for cars.
  • The Monroe Town seal is in the form of a circle with the words “Town of Monroe Connecticut” written in the outer rim of the seal. Inside this outer circle is a profile of a bust of James Monroe, who was the fifth President of the United States, serving from 1817-1825.
  • Danbury, An important military depot for the American Revolutionary armies was burned and looted in April 1777 by the British under Major General William Tryon.
  • The first blast furnace in Connecticut was built in Lakeville in 1762.
  • The New Haven District Telephone Company published the first telephone book ever issued on February 1878, in New Haven.
  • In 1898 the first car insurance in America is issued at Hartford.
  • Connecticut and Rhode Island never ratified the 18th Amendment (Prohibition).
  • Connecticut State insect is the Praying Mantis.
  • The Submarine Force Museum in Groton is home of the historic ship Nautilus (SSN 571). It is the official submarine museum of the United States Navy.
  • In colonial New Haven cut pumpkins were used as guides for haircuts to ensure a round uniform style. Because of this fashion, these New Englanders were nicknamed “pumpkin-heads.”
  • The name Middlebury derives from the central position the Town’s meetinghouse occupies, six miles from three older neighbors, Waterbury, Southbury, and Woodbury.
  • The first human inhabitants of present-day Burlington were members of the Tunxis Tribe, who belonged to a confederation of Algonquian Indians. Legend holds they used the area as a hunting ground.
  • In 1784, New Haven was incorporated as a city.
  • Connecticut’s motto is Qui Transtulit Sustinet — “He Who Transplanted Still Sustains”.
  • The first English settlers of Connecticut arrived in 1636, settling the plantations of Windsor, Hartford and Wethersfield.
  • Connecticut’s most important crops are dairy, poultry, forest and nursery, tobacco, vegetables and fruit.