Whether you want some Connecticut fun facts to use for a project or you want to impress people with your knowledge of the Nutmeg State, we’ve put together some facts about Connecticut that cover everything from weird laws to natural wonder to strange history.
Connecticut, one of the smaller US states, has plenty of history, a gorgeous coastline, and beautiful towns, and these interesting facts about Connecticut are a real tribute to all of the fun Connecticut facts to be found (we could have kept going, but kept it to the 51 best ones!).
Keep reading for weird facts about Connecticut, amazing facts about Connecticut, cool facts about Connecticut, and plenty of fun Connecticut facts to keep you guessing (or help you put together an awesome Connecticut trivia quiz!).
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Connecticut Fun Facts
1. The very first dictionary was published in Connecticut.
2. Connecticut has the Oldest Steam-Powered Cider Mill in the US
3. Yale University was the first school in the United States to offer a PhD.
4. The Connecticut state animal is the sperm whale.
5. ESPN started in Connecticut.
6. The Connecticut state insect is the praying mantis.
7. Connecticut is home to the first publicly funded library in the United State—Scoville Memorial Library.
8. In 1809, Mary Kies of South Killingly, Connecticut was the first woman to receive a patent in the U.S. Her patent was for a unique method of weaving straw with silk to create beautiful hats.
9. The name of Connecticut is a Native American phrase meaning “river whose water is driven by tides or winds.
10. Nickname is the “Constitution State.”
Interesting Facts about Connecticut
11. A man named Louis Lassen created the hamburger in his restaurant, Louis’ Lunch, in the year 1900.
12. George W. Bush is the only U.S. president, to date, born in Connecticut.
13. Bristol, Connecticut, is referred to as “Mum City,” USA, because of the large number of chrysanthemums that grow there.
14. Mystic Seaport in Connecticut is the largest maritime museum in the world.
15. Music Vale, the United States’ first music school to be allowed to confer music teaching degrees, was located in the sleepy town of Salem.
16. The Hartford Current began in 1764, before the United States was a nation, and is the United States’ oldest newspaper that is still being published today.
17. If you are a fan of preserving your memories in scrapbooks, you’ll be surprised to hear that Mark Twain (the famous author who lived in Hartford) created and patented a scrapbook that had adhesive pre-applied to its pages.
18. Connecticut is one of the most densely populated states of the U.S.
19. John Haynes was Connecticut’s first governor.
20. The town of Washington was incorporated in 1779, being named in honor of General George Washington.
Weird Facts about Connecticut
21. In the city of Hartford, it is illegal to cross the street by walking on your hands.
22. It’s against the law to walk backwards after sunset in Devon, Connecticut.
23. In 1901, Connecticut set the first speed limit in the United States at 12 mph.
24. Orange, Connecticut, is home to the PEZ factory, which includes a collection of PEZ dispensers.
25. Hartford, the state’s capital is called the “Insurance Capital of the World”.
26. Lyme disease (spread by ticks in Northern Hemisphere) was first identified in 1975 in Old Lyme, Connecticut.
27. The first blast furnace in Connecticut was built in Lakeville in 1762.
28. According to the Web sites of both the Connecticut state government and the Greater New Haven Convention and Visitors Bureau, students invented the frisbee at Yale in 1920.
29. The “Constitution State” is the birthplace of the world’s first practical helicopter.
30. Among the 50 states, Connecticut is first on the list of the percentage of urban lands covered by trees. Close to 60% of the state’s land is covered by forest.
Random Facts about Connecticut
31. It is believed that the very first lollipops were created in New Haven, Connecticut by a man named George Smith.
32. Connecticut was home to Samuel Colt, the inventor of the revolver.
33. Did you know that America’s favorite sandwich was invented in Connecticut? Hamburgers were invented by Louis Lassen in 1900 at Louis’ Lunch.
34. While pizza in America began in 1905 in New York, Connecticut wasn’t that far behind and is home to some of the oldest pizzerias in the United States.
35. We can thank Ezra Warner, a Waterbury native, for his invention of the first U.S. can opener in 1858.
36. Cattle branding in the United States began in Connecticut when farmers were required by law to mark all of their pigs.
37. In 1937, Connecticut became the first state to issue permanent license plates for cars.
38. Connecticut and Rhode Island have no county governments. All county governments in Connecticut were abolished on October 1, 1960.
39. Connecticut’s most important crops are dairy, poultry, forest and nursery, tobacco, vegetables and fruit.
40. Connecticut and Rhode Island were the only two states that failed to ratify the 18th Amendment, which prohibited the manufacture, sale or transportation of alcohol.
Amazing Facts about Connecticut
41. Benchmark Senior Living in Ridgefield, Connecticut, created the longest friendship bracelet in the world in August 2016. It measures 2,166 feet 11.16 inches.
42. Connecticut has 169 towns, 21 cities and 9 boroughs.
43. The first human inhabitants of present-day Burlington were members of the Tunxis Tribe, who belonged to a confederation of Algonquian Indians. Legend holds they used the area as a hunting ground.
44. The first public tree planting program in America was conducted in New Haven, CT. The city was given the nickname “The Elm City” because the trees planted in the program were elms.
45. Connecticut’s motto is Qui Transtulit Sustinet — “He Who Transplanted Still Sustains.”
46. 7-year-old James Thorsell designed the New Hartford “Town Bicentennial Emblem.”
47. Although West Haven is Connecticut’s youngest city, being incorporated in 1972, it is a community that dates back over 360 years, making it one of the oldest settlements in the country.
48. Bridgeport is Connecticut’s largest city followed by New Haven and Hartford.
49. The Mark Twain House and Museum is consistently rated among the best historic houses in the world, and is a National Historic Landmark.
50. The Glass House is a historic house in New Canaan, Connecticut, designed by Philip Johnson in 1949 as his residence. The building’s minimalist structure, proportions and geometry made it an influential project for modern architecture of the time.
51. The first European settlers in the Connecticut area were the Dutch.
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