Connecticut became the 5th state in 1788 and is the 29th largest state by population with about 3.5 million residents. It is also the 48th largest state by land and water area with a total area of 5,543 square miles. Bridgeport is the largest city in Connecticut with a population of approximately 139,000 people.
The name Connecticut came from the word "Quinnehtukqut" which is Mohegan for "Long River Place" or "Beside the Long Tidal River."
Included below are more facts and symbols, a state map, the state song and views of the Connecticut State Quarter.
Connecticut State Capital - Hartford
State Nickname - The Constitution State
State Motto - "Qui Transtulit Sustinet" (He Who Transplanted Still Sustains)
State Flower - Mountain Laurel
State Tree - The Charter Oak
State Bird - American Robin
State Fish - American Shad
State Shellfish - Eastern Oyster
State Animal - Sperm Whale
State Insect - Praying Mantis (Mantis Religiosa)
State Mineral - Garnet
State Fossil - Eubrontes Giganteus
State Folk Dance - Square Dance
State Ship - USS Nautilus
State Composer - Charles Edward Ives
State Hero - Nathan Hale
State Heroine - Prudence Crandall
Official State Web Site - ct.gov
Yankee Doodle went to town,
Riding on a pony,
Stuck a feather in his hat,
And called it macaroni.
Yankee Doodle keep it up,
Yankee Doodle dandy,
Mind the music and the step,
And with the folks be handy.
United States Mint 50 State Quarters© Program coin:
(United States Mint Images)