Hartford, the historical capital of Connecticut, has a population of 125,017 and is one of the premier places to visit if you’re traveling through the state or hope to settle down. Nicknamed the “insurance capital of the world,” Hartford’s business opportunities are plentiful for people who want to make a living there (particularly in the Insurance industry). The city’s median household income is $29,430 with a per capita income of $16,619, and its economic revitalization efforts are ongoing to continue the successes it has had in its past.
Hartford was also the home of writer and humorist Mark Twain, and visitors can stop by the Mark Twain House to see where he wrote many of his famous books and where he raised a family — which is the same building where Harriet Beecher Stowe lived, too. The city is also home to numerous multicultural opportunities; The Wadsworth Atheneum (the nation’s oldest art gallery), the Cathedral of St. Joseph, and the Connecticut State Capitol and Supreme Court Building can all be found in Hartford.
If you’re more of an outdoorsy type, Hartford also has great scenery to check out in the city and its surrounding metropolitan area. Take a walk through Bushnell Park and view the beautiful sculptures and fountains in America’s oldest publicly funded park. Visit Elizabeth Park to see scenic rose gardens and other plants in the greenhouses, or bring your tennis racket for a match or two.
Hartford is easy to get to for any visitor wanting a glimpse of Connecticut life. Just follow I-84 or I-91 to get to the heart of the city.