Admission to Statehood: January 9, 1788 – 5th state
Size: Area: 5544 sq. mi. 48th Land 4845 sq. mi., 48th Water 698 sq. mi., 37th Shoreline 618mi
Population: 3,405,565 (2000)
Largest Cities: Bridgeport, New Haven, Hartford, Stamford, Waterbury, Norwalk, Danbury, New Britain, West Hartford, Greenwich
Highest Point: Mt. Frissell 2380 feet, 36th
Lowest Point: Long Island Sound; Sea level
Nickname: Constitution State
State Flag:On a field of azure blue is an ornamental white shield with three grapevines;each bearing three bunches of purple grapes. The states motto “He who Transplanted Sustains Us” is displayed on a white ribbon. The vines stand for the first settlements of English people who began to move from Massachusetts in the 1630’s. These settlements were thought of as grapevines that had been transplanted. Flag adopted 1897.
State Flower: Mountain laurel – Kalmia latifolia
State Bird: Robin
State Song: Yankee Doodle Became Official song in 1978.
State Tree: White Oak
Motto: He who transplanted still sustains – Qui transtulit sustinet
Agriculture: Nursery stock, eggs, dairy products, cattle.
Industry: Transportation equipment, machinery, electric equipment, fabricated metal products, chemical products, scientific instruments.