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"Insurance City," "The Charter Oak City"

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Hartford is a city in Hartford County.

It is the state capital.

The community was named after Hertford, England.

The latitude of Hartford is 41.765N. The longitude is -72.683W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 59 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 124,387.


INCOME SNAPSHOT
Median household income
Local
$24,820
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Hartford demographic reports
Hartford is on the Connecticut River.
Former and merged names include:
· Newtown
· New Town
Hartford was settled as a Dutch trading post called House of Hope.

The insurance industry began in the 1700s, when ship captains and merchants split the risk and the profit from cargoes.

Hartford claims the first pay telephone (1895) and the first gun silencer (1909).

A local publisher, Hudson and Goodwin, produced America's first cookbook, in 1796.

Public transportation: Connecticut Transit (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 1,812. The number of murders and homicides was 45. The violent crime rate was 14.5 per 1,000 people.
Ranked top home town in the state, February 2001 in the ePodunk Home Towns Index
Hartford received national attention for a 1944 fire at the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows circus tent, in which 168 people died.
Well-known residents have included:
· Wallace Stevens, poet
· J.P. Morgan, financier
· Katharine Hepburn, actress
· Harriet Beecher Stowe, author
· Eriq La Salle, actor
· Gene Pitney, singer
· Hal Holbrook, actor
· Mark Twain, author
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz - July 20-22, 2007
  • Riverfest - July 7, 2007
  • Connecticut Flower & Garden Show - Feb. 22-25, 2007
  • Greek Festival - May 31-June 3, 2007
  • Pipes in the Valley Celtic Music Festival - Sept. 29, 2007
Dates often change. Check Hartford web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Long Wharf Theatre, Connecticut Opera, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Yale Repertory Theatre, Hartford Stage
Nearby parks & recreation: Elizabeth Park, Bushnell Park, Riverside Park
Hartford attractions: Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens
Sports teams: Wolf Pack (AHL)
Historic sites and museums: Connecticut Historical Society, Harriet Beecher Stowe House, Mark Twain House, Museum of Connecticut History, Wadsworth Atheneum, State Capitol
Colleges and universities: Trinity College, Capital Community-Technical College, Hartford Seminary, Morse School of Business, Rensselaer Hartford Graduate Center
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 138
Quotes:
I shall always entertain a very pleasant and grateful recollection of Hartford.
-- American Notes
Charles Dickens

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Neighborhoods in Hartford include Asylum Hill, Barry Square, Behind the Rocks, Blue Hills, Clay Arsenal, Downtown, Frog Hollow, North Meadows, Northeast, Parkville ... More neighborhood info

Neighborhoods in Hartford include Asylum Hill, Barry Square, Behind the Rocks, Blue Hills, Clay Arsenal, Downtown, Frog Hollow, North Meadows, Northeast, Parkville ... More neighborhood info

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Hartford demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Hartford County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 06103 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

1% of Hartford residents report German ancestry, and 3% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Hartford ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Hartford was $13,428, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

12% of Hartford residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Hartford include Capen-Clark Historic District, Clay Hill Historic District, Frog Hollow, Hartford Golf Club Historic District, Prospect Avenue Historic District, Sigourney Square District, Upper Albany Historic District, West End North Historic District (Hartford) ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Hartford, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $493.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,052.


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Libraries in Hartford include Albany Avenue Branch Library, Barbour Branch Library, Blue Hills Branch Library, Camp Field Branch Library, Connecticut State Library, Dwight Branch Library, Goodwin Memorial Branch Library, Hartford Public Library, Hartland Public Library, Mark Twain Branch Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Hartford include Hartford Courant

TV stations in Hartford include WEDH, WFSB, WTIC, WUVN.

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Hartford restaurants taking online reservations include Morty & Ming's, Trumbull Kitchen, Vito's by the Park, Vivo - Hartford ... View restaurants

Traffic

The average commute time for Hartford workers is 24 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 40 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Hartford between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 3.3 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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Charles Dickens

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