Covering an area of 14,357 sq. km, the State of Connecticut is located in the north-eastern (New England) region of the United States.
As observed on the map, the jagged, and rocky Atlantic Ocean coastline of Connecticut is a mixture of bays, inlets, tiny islands, river estuaries, and a few sandy beaches. From the narrow coastal lowlands, the land rises into the central hills and low mountains of the north. Eastern Connecticut (central and north) is hilly, heavily forested, and crisscrossed by narrow river valleys.
In the west, the Appalachian Mountains stretch north across the state into western Massachusetts. The Berkshire (hills or mountains) and the narrow Taconic Mountain Range are the dominant landforms. Located in the Taconic Range, straddling the Massachusetts-Connecticut border, just to the northwest of Salisbury is, Mount Frissell – the state’s highest point. It rises to an elevation of 2,380ft (725m).
The state is dissected by the Connecticut River and the surrounding central valley. At 407 miles (655 km), it is the longest river in the New England states and runs southward draining into Long Island Sound.
There are dozens of additional rivers within Connecticut. The Housatonic, Farmington, and Thames are some of the most significant rivers in the State. Numerous small lakes and ponds are found in Connecticut, with the largest being Lake Candlewood – which is one of the largest man-made lakes in the United States of America. The state’s lowest point is the Atlantic Ocean (0ft).
The State of Connecticut is divided into 8 counties. In alphabetical order, these counties are: Fairfield, Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London, Tolland, and Windham.
With an area of 14,357 sq. km, Connecticut is the 3rd smallest, 29th most populous, and the 4th most densely populated state in the USA. Located in the north-central part of the state, on the banks of the Connecticut River is Hartford – the capital and the 4th largest city of Connecticut. It serves as a major port, industrial, financial and commercial center of the state. Due to the presence of numerous insurance company headquarters in Hartford, it is often referred to as the “Insurance Capital of the World”. Situated in the southwestern part of the state, in the Fairfield County is Bridgeport - the largest and the most populous city of Connecticut. Currently, St. Vincent’s Medical Center and the Bridgeport Hospital are the largest employers in Bridgeport.
The State of Connecticut is located in the north-eastern (New England) region of the United States. Connecticut is bordered by the state of Massachusetts in the north; by Rhode Island in the east; by New York in the west and by Long Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean in the south.
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