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11 Fun Facts About Connecticut

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In celebration of NJM's expansion of its auto, homeowners, and renters insurance into Connecticut, we went on a scavenger hunt for the most interesting facts about the state. Whether you're cruising on I–84, hiking the Litchfield Hills, or cheering on the UConn Huskies, there's always something new to learn. Test your Connecticut knowledge against these fun facts.

  1. Long Island Sound, on Connecticut's southern border, is an estuary. Estuaries are bodies of water where rivers meet the sea. As a result, they're made up of both salt water and fresh water.

  2. Yankee Doodle is the official state song of Connecticut. The song differs from other official state songs, almost all of which reference the state's names in their titles.

  3. Many historic towns in northern Connecticut are built around a village green. Connecticut has a strong antiques marketplace, exemplified by its Antiques Trail.

  4. That doesn't mean Connecticut lives in the past. In fact, the state has three NASCAR tracks, where you can enjoy the races or even take your racecar for a spin.

  5. Connecticut doesn't have a native NFL team. Instead, its residents tend to divide themselves between three loyalties: the Jets, the Giants, or the Patriots.

  6. The first speed limit, at just 12 miles per hour, was imposed in Connecticut in 1901, when fewer than 6,000 cars frequented American roads. Today, Connecticut has some of the most congested highways in the country.

  7. There are almost 200 golf courses in Connecticut. Glenna Collett-Vare, a prominent female amateur golfer in the 1920s and '30s, was born in New Haven, CT. The LPGA's Vare Trophy is named after her.

  8. Manufacturing accounts for almost 12% of Connecticut's GDP. The products? Helicopters, jet engines, and submarines, to name a few.

  9. New Haven, CT, has the most biking commuters on the East Coast. Bike trails have replaced many old railroad tracks in Connecticut, making the state a great place to explore.

  10. Connecticut hosts a Chowda Trail. As the southernmost state in New England, restaurants in the state compete in the New England Chowdafest in October.

  11. The best pizza in the country is from Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana in New Haven, CT — the White Clam pizza.

We hope these facts will help you blow everyone away at your next trivia night. In the meantime, if we missed anything, let us know in the comments below!