About Hartford



Hartford is the capital of the U.S. state of Connecticut, and was the historic seat of Hartford County until Connecticut disbanded county government in 1960. As of the 2010 Census, Hartford’s population was 124,775, making it Connecticut’s fourth-largest city after the coastal cities of Bridgeport, New Haven, and Stamford. Founded in 1637, Hartford is among the oldest cities in the United States, and is home to the nation’s oldest public art museum, the Wadsworth Atheneum; the oldest public park, Bushnell Park; the oldest continuously published newspaper, The Hartford Courant; and the second-oldest secondary school, Hartford Public. Hartford is also home to the Mark Twain House, where the author raised his family and wrote his most famous works. Home to many insurance companies that represent the region’s major industry, Hartford is nicknamed the “Insurance Capital of the World.”