The coastal state of Connecticut is often seen as one of the most historic and most affluent. It’s said to be home to over 3.5 million people and is around the midpoint of most populous states in the whole of the US. But what else is there to know about Connecticut? There’s more to the state than its silent second ‘C’! Here’s 21 interesting facts about Connecticut, filled with some fascinating bits and pieces for you to pore through.
The highest peak in Connecticut can be found over in Salisbury – where you will find Bear Mountain, the most uppermost point in the whole of the state.
Connecticut is the third smallest state in the whole of the US.
It has a variety of nicknames, though you will generally hear it referred to as both the Nutmeg State and the Constitution State.
Connecticut is home to the oldest vehiclelaw in US history. It was here that speed limits were first established. But what was that speed limit? 12 miles per hours – better press on the brakes!
There has only ever been one US President born in Connecticut thus far – George W Bush, whose birthplace is New Haven.
State Flag of Connecticut
There is a strange law in Connecticut regarding pickles. Legal matters here state that a pickle is only a pickle if it bounces. For sanitary reasons, let’s assume the ones you buy in jars here to be fairly bouncy!
CT has a few interesting choices for state ‘objects. For example, the state animal in CT is the sperm whale! Perhaps that’s the coastal influence.
Connecticut is the birthplace of one of the world’s best-known sports networks. ESPN, which was the first sports TV network of its kind, first started in CT in 1979.
In fact, it’s thought that colour TV first started in the US through CT – meaning you might have the state the thank for a lot of your entertainment!
Connecticut has a strong history in terms of firearms production. In fact, the state was the birthplace of Samuel Colt, who is of course known as the inventor of the revolver. His name can be found on many firearms to this day, for example the Colt .45.
Connecticut is also home to what is said to be the oldest public library – at least a funded one – in the whole of the country. The Scoville Memorial Library, in Salisbury, has been offering books out to borrowers since 1771. Who needs the internet?
What’s more, the state also has the distinction of being home to the oldest newspaper still in continuous production. The paper in question is the Hartford Courant, which has been claiming readers since October 1764. Hartford, of course, is Connecticut’s capital.
Another odd nickname for the state is ‘The Land of Steady Habits’.
Connecticut has a reputation for being pretty affluent. Statistics show that there are only two states in the US with more millionaires per capita. However, there’s a large gap between the top-earning taxpayers and the lowest earners.
In another first, CT is also home to the first nuclear submarine. That is, the USS Nautilus docks in Groton at present.
Oddly enough, it’s thought that Connecticut never officially ratified the 18th amendment, referring to prohibition of alcohol.
The name of the state refers to a word from traditional Algonquian. The word is ‘Quinnehtukqut’ – and it’s thought to refer to a long river.
Famous people from CT include the singer Michael Bolton, actress Katharine Hepburn, and P.T. Barnum, the ‘Greatest Showman’.
CT is also the birthplace of a device we know well to be the helicopter. It is here where Vought Sikorsky took his VS-300 to the air for the very first time in September 1939. Since then, designs have become a little more sophisticated to say the least!
The official state song for Connecticut is, believe it or not, ‘Yankee Doodle’.
CT was well ahead of the curve when it came to female inclusivity in sport. It is here where the US’ first women’s golf tournament took place. Bizarrely enough, this took place in 1917, before women even had the right to vote.
Do you know any interesting or fun facts about Connecticut that we’ve not mentioned? Share them here in the comments section below!