Birthplace of

Abolitionist John Brown (1800–59), abolitionist/author Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811–96), US President George W Bush (1946–), circus man PT Barnum (1810–91), actress Katharine Hepburn (1907–2003)

Capital

Hartford

Driving Distances

Hartford to New Haven 40 miles, Hartford to Providence 75 miles

Famous for

Starting the US insurance biz, building the first nuclear submarine, and as site of the first Amistad trial.

Home of

The first written constitution in the US; the first lollipop, Frisbee and helicopter.

Major City

New Haven

Nickname

Constitution State, Nutmeg State

Politics

Democrat-leaning

Quirkiest State Song Lyrics

Yankee Doodle, which entwines patriotism with doodles, feathers and macaroni

Sales Tax

6.35%