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Offical Name State of Connecticut
Nicknames The Nutmeg State, The Constitution State
Abbreviations CT, US-CT, Conn.
Origin of Name From Quinnehtukqut meaning "Long River Place" in Mohegan Indian language

Official Language English
Admission to Union 9 January 1788
Time Zone Eastern
Official Web Site

Capital Hartford
Largest City Bridgeport
Population 3,405,555 (as of 2000 census)
Economy Agriculture: nursery stock, eggs, dairy products, cattle, tobacco.

Industry: transportation equipment, aerospace, heavy industrial machinery and electrical equipment, fabricated metal products, chemical and pharmaceutical products, scientific instruments, insurance, tourism

Area 5,549 square miles (14,371 km2)
Major Rivers Housatonic River, Thames River, Connecticut River
Major Lakes Lake Candlewood
Highest Point Mount Frissell - 2,380 feet (725 meters)
Bordering States New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts
Bordering Country None
Bordering Bodies of Water Atlantic Ocean, Long Island Sound

Flag Connecticut Flag
Motto "Qui transtulit sustinet" - He who transplanted still sustains
Song Yankee Doodle
Animal Sperm Whale
Bird American Robin
Insect European Mantis
Shellfish Eastern Oyster
Fossil Eubrontes Giganteus (fossilized dinosaur footprints from the late Triassic period)
Flower Mountain Laurel
Tree White Oak
Mineral Garnet
Soil Windsor
Folk Dance Square Dance
Ship USS Nautilus
Hero Nathan Hale
Heroine Prudence Crandall
Composer Charles Edward Ives
Tartan The State Tartan

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