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Connecticut Education and State Information

Located in New England, Connecticut is the third smallest U.S. state in terms of land area and the 29th largest in terms of population. Connecticut has nearly 60 nonprofit colleges and universities, including Yale University and the University of Connecticut.

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Information About Connecticut

In 2015, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the population of Connecticut at nearly 3.6 million people. These residents lived within an area of just 5,544 square miles, making Connecticut the country's 5th most densely populated state.

Connecticut has some of the finest collegiate architecture in the world, including Yale's Beinecke Library. The state also features over 100 state parks and forests, including Dinosaur State Park, Hammonasset Beach State Park and Devil's Hopyard State Park. The Connecticut River is the longest river in New England, flowing 410 miles from New Hampshire's Canadian border into Long Island Sound.

Education in Connecticut

In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked Yale University in New Haven the third best university in the nation. The University of Connecticut in Storrs also earned a strong national ranking, at No. 57.

Additionally, the state is home to three of the country's top ranked liberal arts colleges - Wesleyan University in Middletown (14th), Trinity College in Hartford (43rd) and Connecticut College in New London (48th). The U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London was rated the number-one regional college in the North by U.S. News. Other recognized schools in the state include Fairfield University, which was ranked 6th among regional universities in the North for 2016, and Quinnipiac University in Hamden which was ranked 11th in the same category.

Connecticut also has numerous options for 2-year schools. Some of the largest community colleges in the state include Gateway Community College in New Haven, Manchester Community College and Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury.

Economy of Connecticut

Digital media, bioscience, green technology, and advanced manufacturing are among Connecticut's largest industries. Fortune 500 companies headquartered in the state include United Technologies Corp. in Farmington; Aetna and The Hartford Financial Services Group, both in Hartford; and Cigna in Bloomfield.

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