Hartford, Connecticut

Hartford, Connecticut

  • Connecticut became a state January 9, 1788, the 5th state admitted to the Union.
  • Hartford became state capital: 1788
  • Settled: 1633
  • Name Origin: Named for Hertford, England, home of one of the settlers

In 1662 the King Charles II issued a charter making the city independent of England. When the governor of New England tried to steal the charter, the citizens, according to tradition, hid it inside a hollow tree, which became known as the Charter Oak.

Hartford has the oldest newspaper in the country – the Hartford Courant, which was first published in 1764. Mark Twain, aka Samuel Clemens, lived in Hartford when he wrote Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. You can visit his house today and see where his children played.

Noah Webster lived in Hartford too – he wrote the first dictionary, in 1828.

Key Words: Charter, Oak, Newspaper, Twain, Webster

Things To Love About Hartford

The Mark Twaininess of the city; the fussy Victorian mixed with shiny modern stuff; the wide-open parks and the manicured lawns; the neighborhoods with the New England look (it is New England, after all); the newspaper that goes way, way back; diversity.

Blogs To Read About Hartford

Somewhat Contradictory  http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=12936#more-12936

Capital City Basics

  • Population: 124,775, 29th largest in population of the 50 capital cities
  • Population density: 7,179 persons per square mile
  • Land area of city: 17.38 square miles
  • Elevation: 50 feet, 45th highest in elevation of the 50 capital cities
  • Normal high/low temps: January 35/18, July 85/63. Annual rainfall: 46 inches
  • Time Zone: Eastern
  • Water near: Connecticut River
  • Mountains near: Appalachian, Taconic mountains. The highest point in Connecticut, 2,379 feet, is on the slope of Mount Frissell in the northwest corner of the state.
  • Miles to three nearest State Capitals: Providence, RI 87; Boston, MA 102; Albany, NY 112
  • Miles to National Capitol in Washington, DC: 344

Population Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 124,775           Population
  • 25.8%              Under 18
  • 8.9%                Over 65
  • 2.8%                Asian
  • 38.7%              Black
  • 43.4%              Hispanic/Latino
  • 0.6%                Native Alaskan or American Indian
  • 0.0%                Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 15.8%              White

Education Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 47.4%              English Not Spoken at Home
  • 67.9%              High School Graduate
  • 14.3%              Bachelor’s Degree or Higher

Economic Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 32.9%              Below Poverty Level
  • $16,959           Per Capita Income
  • $29,107           Median Household Income
  • $186,000        Median Value of Home
  • 25.0%              Home Ownership

City: http://www.hartford.gov/

Visitors: http://www.hartford.com/