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Apartment Living in Connecticut
Connecticut is one of the oldest states in America. English settlers started to flock to this province in the early 1600's and haven't stopped since. Located in the New England region in the Northeastern section of the U.S., Connecticut is the 48th smallest state in size, yet the 29th most populace state in the nation with more than 3.4 million people. One might think that all of the land was occupied in this compact state with businesses, homes and apartments, but Connecticut has preserved its land with 137 state parks, 800 miles of hiking trails, 230 lakes and ponds, and an expansive coastline.
Connecticut's nickname has changed throughout time. From "The Provisions State", to "The Land of Steady Habits", "The Nutmeg State", and today's official nickname, "The Constitution State", Connecticut is steeped in rich American history and lore. The state is divided into five regions; the coastal Fairfield County, greater New Haven, the Litchfield Hills, popular Mystic Country, and River Valley. All of these regions are chock-full of attractions, which makes choosing the perfect apartment terribly difficult.
Bordered by New York State, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, the state includes the major cities of Bridgeport, New Haven, Hartford, Stamford and North Stamford. Hovering over the 100,000 mark, these cities are approximately the same in size. There are a total of 169 incorporated towns in this relatively small state.
Connecticut is ranked first among the states with a per capita income of nearly $55,000 and they say if Hartford were combined with its nearby suburbs, it would rank as one of the richest cities in the country. This high cost of living is reflected in the apartment market, especially those on the fringes of New York City. These apartments can be extremely expensive in comparison to those in the state's more rural surroundings.
Bridgeport is the state's largest city and is located on the water of Long Island Sound in the southern part of Connecticut. While in close proximity to New York and Boston, Bridgeport still offers some of the state's lower-priced apartments. Sometimes referred to as the "Park City" because of its beautiful parks designed by the same landscape architect that created the infamous Central Park, Bridgeport's Mayor is promising "some major economic development opportunities that will make it more appealing to be a part of in the near future."
While Hartford proper has a population of 121,000, the metropolitan area is home to more than a million residents. With a progressive approach to business, companies such as Aetna, The Hartford Financial Services, Lincoln Life and United Technologies have settled down in this not so small city. Apartments in the Hartford area accommodate all of the varied incomes that these financial, insurance and technology institutions have to offer. You'll want to be sure to escape your work and apartment, to visit the city's many sites from America's first public museum, the Wadsworth Atheneum, the Mark Twain House and Bushnell Memorial, to name a few.
New Haven Apartments
There's some debate whether New Haven is the state's second largest city. Similar in size to Hartford, New Haven is famous for one of the city's largest employers, the architecturally renowned campus of Yale University. Like any college town, there are plenty of apartments to choose from; however, because of its location in the heart of the downtown area, apartments are not cheap. Studio apartments can start at $700 and fancier pads can be as high as $1500 or more.