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Connecticut: Information & Fun Facts

Posted By misterno     Apr 20    

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There are over 6,000 ponds and lakes found in Connecticut. Lake Candlewood and Barkhamsted Reservoir are the largest bodies of water and main sources of water for the state. The main river is also known as Connecticut. Connecticut has a temperate climate with warm summers and mind winters. The coastal areas experience cooler summers and warmer winters as compared to those on the interior.


Flora and Fauna


Connecticut has a diverse range of vegetation zones. The Long Island Sound is filled with tidal marshes and glasswort, salt grasses, seas lavender, and purple gerardia. In the slopes you’ll find switch grass, black grass,  sea myrtle, and marsh elder. Swampy areas have different kinds of ferns, cranberry, cattails, skunk cabbage, spicebush, and sweet pepperbush. Connecticut’s uplands and hillsides have are abundant with a wide variety of colorful flowers and plants such as  trailing arbutus, pink azalea, Solomon’s seal, mountain laurel, and Queen Anne’s lace.


There are several small mammals to be found around Connecticut. These include the gray squirrel, eastern chipmunk, cottontail, skunk, and raccoon. There are also several snakes but they’re generally the harmless variety except for the timber rattlesnake. Freshwater fish is plentiful in Connecticut. The Tidal River Wetlands Complex and the Connecticut River Estuary both serve as an important habitat for around 18 species of wintering birds and 30 kinds of shorebirds. It’s also a significant area of migration and spawning ground for numerous fish.



Population


The population of Connecticut was estimated at 3,590,886 as of July 2015 making it the 30th most populous state in the country. Major cities include Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, Stamford, and Waterbury.



Ethnic Groups


Connecticut is home to many second-generation European immigrants. The most populous groups come from Ireland, Italy, Poland, and Quebec. A majority of them live in Hartford, New Haven, New London, and Bridgeport. Most of the population is white, followed by African Americans, American Indians, Asians, Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.




Religion


The religious development of Connecticut began during the 1630’s when the Congregational  Church was designated as the established church of the colony. Puritan fathers were responsible for laying down the law, requiring that all attended mass on Sundays and other days of religious importance. All residents of the state were also required to contribute financially to the ministers. Puritan principles controlled most aspects of living; including social conduct, business practices, education, and even sexual activities.


Today, Roman Catholics remain to be the most populous religious group in Connecticut, followed by Mainline Protestants, Episcopal Church, and United Methodist Church. Jews and Muslims are also present although around 40% of the population aren’t affiliated with any religious groups.


Economy


In 2012, the total gross state product of Connecticut was $229.3 billion, and they also have the highest per capita income in the country at $60,847. Connecticut is home to the third-largest group of millionaires in the country. New Canaan is the wealthiest area of the state, with residents enjoying a per capita income of $85,459. On the other hand, Connecticut also has the largest disparity among the rich and the poor. Hartford remains to be the poorest town with a per capita income of $13,428.


Insurance and finance are the largest industries in Connecticut; the 2 generate 16.4% of the gross domestic product. Major players in the financial industry include Mass Mutual, People’s United Financial,  Aetna, Cigna, Travelers, Royal Bank of Scotland, UBS, GE Capital, Bridgewater Associates, and The Hartford. Real estate is also another dominant player in Connecticut economy.


Manufacturing is the state’s 3rd largest industry, with United Technologies Corporation controlling most of the activity.  Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, operates the largest manufacturing plant which makes helicopteres in Stratford. Other big names in the state manufacturing industry include General Dynamics, and Boehringer Ingelheim.


Historically, Connecticut was also a top manufacturer of guns. Four large-name gun manufacturers have presence there including Mossberg, Colt,  Stag, and Ruger. The agricultural sector is founded on nursery stock production; other agricultural products include eggs, dairy, fish, shellfish, tobacco, and fruit. Oyster harvesting was an important source of income among those living in the coastal areas of Connecticut especially during the 19th century.


Arts and Culture


Arts, culture, film, tourism, and history-related activities generates billions in economic activity each year. In 1965, the Connecticut Commission on the Arts was established, followed by the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism (CCT) in 2003. The CCT is committed to preserving film, the arts, historical artifacts, museums, and tourism. It holds a state art collection and is also responsible for creating policies for the art bank program.


Contemporary theater is popular in Connecticut, which holds several dinner theaters as well as community theater group events each year. Colleges and universities throughout the state also have their own prominent and talented theater groups. Professional theater companies include the Long Wharf Theater, American Shakespeare Festival Theater, Hartford Stage Company, and the Yale Repertory Theater.


The New Haven and Hartford symphonies are the largest metropolitan orchestras in Connecticut. The Connecticut Opera and the Stanford State Opera perform professional opera. There are also professional dance groups such as the Hartford Ballet Company, Connecticut Dance Company, as well as the Pilobolus Dance Theater

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