Connecticut State Facts and Symbols

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 Flag

Connecticut State Flag

Connecticut State Facts

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

Connecticut State Map:

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Connecticut State Map

Connecticut State Song:

Yankee Doodle

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.

Connecticut State Quarter

Connecticut State Quarter - FrontConnecticut State Quarter - Back

United States Mint 50 State Quarters© Program coin:
(United States Mint Images)


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