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Connecticut is the third smallest state by area, the 29th most populous,[ and the fourth most densely populated of the 50 United States. It is known as the “Constitution State”, the “Nutmeg State”, the “Provisions State”, and the “Land of Steady Habits”. It was influential in the development of the federal government of the United States. Much of southern and western Connecticut (along with the majority of the state’s population) is part of the New York metropolitan area; three of Connecticut’s eight counties are statistically included in the New York City combined statistical area, which is widely referred to as the Tri-State area. Connecticut’s center of population is in Cheshire, New Haven County, which is also located within the Tri-State area.

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Connecticut is the southernmost state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. As of the 2010 Census, Connecticut features the highest per-capita income, Human Development Index (0.962), and median household income in the United States.[ Connecticut is bordered by Rhode Island to the east, Massachusetts to the north, New York to the west, and Long Island Sound to the south. Its capital is Hartford and its most populous city is Bridgeport. Although Connecticut is technically part of New England, it is often grouped along with New York and New Jersey as the Tri-state area. The state is named for the Connecticut River, a major U.S. river that approximately bisects the state. The word “Connecticut” is derived from various anglicized spellings of an Algonquian word for “long tidal river”.

Connecticut’s first European settlers were Dutch. They established a small, short-lived settlement in present-day Hartford at the confluence of the Park and Connecticut rivers called Huys de Goede Hoop. Initially, half of Connecticut was a part of the Dutch colony New Netherland, which included much of the land between the Connecticut and Delaware rivers. The first major settlements were established in the 1630s by England. 

Thomas Hooker led a band of followers overland from the Massachusetts Bay Colony and founded what became the Connecticut Colony; other settlers from Massachusetts founded the Saybrook Colony and the New Haven Colony. The Connecticut and New Haven Colonies established documents of Fundamental Orders, considered the first constitutions in North America. In 1662, the three colonies were merged under a royal charter, making Connecticut a crown colony. This colony was one of the Thirteen Colonies that revolted against British rule in the American Revolution.

The Connecticut River, Thames River, and ports along the Long Island Sound have given Connecticut a strong maritime tradition which continues today. The state also has a long history of hosting the financial services industry, including insurance companies in Hartford and hedge funds in Fairfield County.

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Connecticut is home to 446.33 miles of Interstate Highways, 547.75 miles of U.S. Highways, and 3,719 miles of state routes. The state has 3 primary and 5 auxiliary insterstate highways. Interstate 95 is the longest of these highways, stretching 111.57 miles north-south beginning at the New York state line Port Chester, NY and ending in Hopkinton, RI. Interstate 91 also runs north-south from New Haven, CT to the Massachusetts state line. Interstate 84 is the only primary east-west interstate highway in Connecticut. I-84 begins in the west near Brewster, NY and runs east into Sturbridge, MA. Connecticut also has 6 U.S. Highways, the longest of these being U.S. Route 1. US 1 enters Connecticut in Port Chester, NY and runs north for 117.37 miles until entering Rhode Island in Westerly, RI. US 6 is the longest east-west U.S. Highway, running 116.33 miles from Southeast, NY to Foster, RI. The Connecticut Turnpike, now known as the Governor John Davis Lodge Turnpike, travels 128.47 miles through Connecticut. The turnpike runs southwest to northeast from the New York state line in Greenwich to the Rhode Island state line in Killingly. The Merritt Parkway is designed as a national scenic byway found in Fairfield County. The parkway runs for 37.27 miles from the New York state line in Greenwich to the Housatonic River in Stratford, CT. The Wilbur Cross Parkway is 29.62 miles and is a continuation of the Merritt Parkway that connects Stratford, CT to Meriden, CT. The Wilbur Cross Parkway is not to be confused with the Wilbur Cross Highway. The Wilbur Cross Highway is a portion of Connecticut Route 15 and stretches 46.41 miles from Wethersfield to East Hartford and a section of I-84 from East Hartford to Sturbridge, MA.

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