It is not without reason that Connecticut is the classic home of the
Yankees. While Yankee was used particularly in the
Southern States to assess times of the Civil War, the term
is viewed positively in New England.
The typically smart New
English Yankee, business-minded and successful, still shapes the
image of Connecticut people today. The part of the state bordering
on New York is often referred to as the “sleeping city” of New York
City because many commuters live here and spend most of their time
in the Big Apple.
But those who limit Connecticut to this have not yet really
recognized the true beauties of this state. The third smallest state
in the United States (after Rhode Island and Delaware) offers a
charming coastline, historic cities and a natural hinterland with
forests, rivers and lakes.
Neighboring states are Massachusetts in the north, New York in
the west and Rhode Island in the east. The highest point is at Mount
Frissel on its southern slope at 725 m. The majority of the
residents are of European origin (including British, German,
Italian). Otherwise, there are relatively strong minorities of Latin
Americans and African Americans. The strongest religions are
Catholics, Anglicans and members of the United Church of Christ.
The largest cities in Connecticut are Bridgeport, New Haven, the
capital Hartford and Stamford. The population density is high by
American standards, but you can quickly find quiet and tranquil
landscapes outside the cities. Rest and relaxation as well as
cosiness can be found quickly in New England. There are also trips
to neighboring countries or to the metropolis of New York City.
- Area: 14,357 sq km
- Population: 3,574,097
- Abbreviation: CT
- Capital: Hartford
- Local time: GMT -4
- Nickname: The Constitution State
Cosmopolitan and popular educational location
The cosmopolitan Connecticut has become one of the democratic
strongholds in recent years and thus a “blue state”. The state's
motto is "Qui transtulit sustinet", in German something like
"Whoever brought it over will receive".
History has always played a major role in this state and it was
one of the first thirteen colonies to wage the American War of
Independence against the British. The state has numerous nicknames,
the best known of which is "The Constitution State", ie the state
of the constitution and "Provision State", because once the
supplies for the army were made available from here.
Economically, Connecticut is one of the most successful U.S.
states. Per capita income is among the highest in the United States,
but there are major differences between the suburban areas of New
York City and the more rural regions. Overall, services (insurance,
financial services) and industry (mechanical engineering, chemistry,
aircraft and shipbuilding, textiles) predominate in Connecticut, but
there are also some areas under cultivation for agriculture
(cereals, oats, corn, tobacco and wine).
A not inconsiderable economic aspect is the function as a popular
educational location in the USA, including the highly regarded
private Yale University in the pretty port city
of New Haven. Those who graduate here usually don't have
to worry about a well-funded position. Here you can
also visit the Yale University Art
Gallery, one of the oldest art collections on earth.
An original of the Gutenberg Bible can be viewed in the bein
corner rare book and manuscript library. There are also other
museums such as the local Children's Museum, the Yale Center for
British Art and the Peabody of Natural History. Of course, the city
also has great student and nightlife.
In addition to some state colleges, there are other private
universities in the state such as the University of Hartford,
Wesleyan University, and Fairfield University.