Nicknames for Hartford include New England’s Rising Star and The Insurance Capital of the World. The official moniker for Connecticut is The Constitution State while other nicknames are The Nutmeg State, The Provisions State and The Land of Steady Habits.
Established in 1635, Hartford is one of America’s oldest cities. Connecticut’s capital is home to Bushnell Park (oldest publicly funded park), Hartford Courant (longest continuously published newspaper), Wadsworth Atheneum (oldest public art museum) and Hartford Public High School (second-oldest secondary school).
Mark Twain House in Hartford is where Twain wrote his greatest literary works.
Situated on Hartford’s Farmington Avenue, its Aetna building is the biggest colonial revival building on the planet.
The Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford boasts the world’s largest ceramic-tile mural of Christ in Glory.
Research website numbeo ranks Hartford in the bottom 45% compared to the 250 cities evaluated on its overall quality of life index at June 2020. Hartford scored poorly on index factors such as cost of living (most expensive 9%), safety (bottom 15%) and traffic commute time (slowest 49%). On the positive side, Hartford rates relatively well for property price to income ratio (lowest 5%) and pollution (cleanest 45%).
One 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.
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.
From an international trade perspective, Connecticut exported US$16.243 billion worth of goods around the globe in 2019. Its most valuable exports include civilian aircraft including engines and other parts (36.8% of Connecticut’s global total), semiconductors-making machinery (3%), turbojet or turbopropeller parts (1.5%), drugs and medicines (1%), piping taps and valves (0.9%), gas turbine parts (0.8%), miscellaneous refrigerating or freezing equipment (also 0.8%), airplane or helicopter parts (0.7%), physical or chemical instruments and apparatus (0.7%), and disodium carbonate (also 0.7%) according to United States Census Bureau data.
The non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Hartford County was 10.7% at July 2020, up from 4.1% one year earlier.
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 Hartford resident: Hartfordite
Population: 121,033 (Hartford) at September 22, 2020
Density: 6,964 people per square mile (2,689 per square kilometer)
Population: 3,563,080 (Connecticut) at September 22, 2020
Density: 735 people per square mile (284 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$84.111 billion in 2018 (Hartford County)
GDP per person: $65,658 (Hartford metropolitan area)
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a current basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Hartford:U.S. dollars
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data).
City-Data.com, Area (square miles) of all Metropolitan Statistical Areas .
Dilemma X, U.S. Census Bureau metropolitan population estimates July 1, 2016.
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Total Gross Domestic Product for Hartford County, CT (MSA).
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Unemployment Rate in Hartford County, CT (MSA).
Forbes Global 2000, The World’s Biggest Public Companies.
Guinness World Records, Fastest time to complete the GWR Hasbro puzzle.
Nations Online, Capital Cities of the USA.
Numbeo, Quality of Life Index by City.
Official Government Website, City of Hartford official website.
United States Census Bureau, Foreign Trade: State by 6-Digit HS Code and Top Countries.
United States Census Bureau, State Population Totals Tables: 2010-2016.
United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics: Seasonally Adjusted Metropolitan Area Estimates.
U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Gross Domestic Product by Metropolitan Area, 2015 (Tables Only).
Wikimedia Commons, Hartford city flag.
Wikipedia, List of Metropolitan Statistical Areas.
Wikipedia, Greater Hartford.
Wikipedia, Hartford, Connecticut.
Wikipedia, List of highest-income metropolitan statistical areas in the United States.
World Population Review, Hartford, Connecticut Population.
Hartfordites celebrate Independence Day as a national holiday each July 4.
Hartford’s land area occupies 17.38 square miles (45.01 square kilometers). The state capital’s population was 121,033 Hartfordites at September 22, 2020.
At the state level, Connecticut’s land area measures 4,849 square miles (12,559 square kilometers) home to a population of 3.6 million people.
Hartford’s population density is more concentrated averaging 6,964 residents per square mile (2,689 per square kilometer).
Zooming out to Connecticut state’s land boundaries, population density dilutes to an average 735 inhabitants per square mile (284 per square kilometer).