Nicknamed the Insurance Capital of the World, Hartford is the state capital for Connecticut and ranks as America’s 29th-most highly populated state capital city. The city’s actual name was patterned after a British town called Hertford back in 1637.
Another interesting piece of trivia is that Hartford was where American Deepika Ravichandran set a Guinness World Record by finishing a special-challenge Hasbro puzzle in 13 minutes 7 seconds at Hartford’s University High School of Science and Engineering on June 9, 2014.
Hartford’s metropolitan area boasts the seventh-highest median income level ($52,188) encompassing all U.S. metropolitan statistical areas.
Connecticut’s capital city serves as headquarters for five large corporations recognized as belonging to the Forbes Global 2000 world’s biggest companies. These major businesses include insurance behemoths Aetna, Travelers, Hartford Financial Services and the Phoenix Companies as well as Northeast Utilities.
Connecticut shipped U$14.394 billion worth of goods around the globe during 2016. Highest-value exports from Connecticut are civilian aircraft, semiconductor-making machinery parts or accessories, disodium carbonate, turbojets and turbopropeller parts, and refined copper cathodes according to United States Census Bureau data.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Hartford was 4.9% as of May 3, 2017.
Capital Facts for Hartford, United States: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks:Dunkin’ Donuts Park, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Old State House, The Mark Twain House & Museum, Travelers Tower, Trinity College and the XL Center
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Hartford, United States:
- Brooke Burke, actress & TV personality (born Sep. 8, 1971)
- Rebecca Lobo, Olympic basketball gold medalist (born Oct. 6, 1973)
- Mark McGrath, pop singer (born Mar. 15, 1968)
- Sam Magee, Olympic rowing silver medalist (born Jul. 10, 1983)
- Katharine Hepburn, iconic Hollywood actress (born May 12, 1907)
- Jim Shea Jr., Olympic skeleton racing silver medalist (born Jun. 10, 1968)
- Marcus Camby, professional NBA basketball center (born Mar. 22, 1974)
- Dwight Freeney, NFL football Pro Bowl defensive lineman (born Feb.19, 1980)
- Elizabeth May, Canadian political leader (born Jun. 9, 1954)
- Stephanie McMahon, wrestler & WWE vice-president (born Sep. 24, 1976)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Hartfordresident: Hartfordite
Population:124,006 (Hartford city limits)
Density: 7,127 people per square mile (2,756 per square kilometer)
Population: 1,483,187 (Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford Metropolitan Statistical Area)
Density: 979 people per square mile (378 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$85.113 billion as of March 2015 (Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford Metropolitan Statistical Area)
GDP per person: $58,059
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a current basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Hartford:U.S. dollars
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U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Gross Domestic Product by Metropolitan Area, 2015 (Tables Only). Accessed on June 14, 2017
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Within city limits, Hartford occupies 17.4 square miles (45 square kilometers). The state capital’s population was 124,006 Hartfordites in 2015.
Known as the Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford Metropolitan Statistical Area, Hartford’s metropolitan area has a land area of 1,514.773 square miles (3,923.244 square kilometers) with a metropolitan area population of 1.483 million inhabitants.
At the city level, Hartford’s population density is 7,127 residents per square mile (2,756 per square kilometer).
Population density dilutes within the larger Hartford metropolitan area with an average 979 inhabitants per square mile (378 per square kilometer).
Hartfordites celebrate Independence Day as a national holiday each July 4.