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Hartford, CT Education and City Information

Hartford, CT, boasts a highly diverse population. Trinity College and the University of Hartford are among nonprofit postsecondary schools located in the city.

Information about Hartford, CT

The capital of Connecticut, Hartford had a population of nearly 125,000 people in 2014, based on U.S. Census Bureau estimates. More than 43% of Hartford residents identified as Hispanic in 2010, while nearly 39% percent identified as black or African-American and only about 29% identified as white alone. The city's median household income of $29,313 for 2010-2014 was significantly less than the statewide median of $69,899.

Historical sites dot the city, from the homes of literary legends Harriet Beecher Stowe and Mark Twain to Center Church, founded by Puritan colonial leader Thomas Hooker, and the Ancient Burying Ground, where many of Hartford's founders are buried. The city offers numerous opportunities for cultural enrichment, including performances by the Hartford Opera Theater, Hartford Symphony Orchestra and other artists at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts. Hartford's Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is the oldest art museum in the U.S., and Real Art Ways hosts contemporary art exhibits and performances.

Education in Hartford

Based in Hartford, Trinity College was ranked the nation's 43rd best liberal arts college by U.S. News & World Report for 2016. This private school of nearly 2,400 students, based on Fall 2014 enrollment figures, offers bachelor's and master's degrees. Other 4-year private schools in Hartford include Goodwin College, Hartford Seminary, the University of Hartford and the University of Saint Joseph.

The only public postsecondary school in Hartford, Capital Community College, awards certificates and associate's degrees. CCC had 4,075 students as of Fall 2014.

Economy of Hartford

Hartford sits at the southern tip of the Knowledge Corridor, a 30-mile strip stretching north to Springfield, Massachusetts. This region includes 64,000 businesses, employing approximately 1.34 million people.

United Technologies, Colt's Manufacturing Company and Connecticut Natural Gas are among companies headquartered in Hartford. The city also is home to some of the nation's leading financial institutions, including Aetna, The Hartford Financial Services Group and The Phoenix Companies.


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