Hartford is Connecticut's state capital and is a diverse city, where history, culture, architecture, business, education, and economic development combine to form a very livable place. The city was founded in the early 1600's by Dutch traders who called it the 'House of Hope', and today it is known as New England's Rising Star. The city is home to the country's first public museum, the Wadsworth Atheneum. Other attractions include the Mark Twain House, the Hartford Stage, the Bushnell Memorial, and the Artists Collective. The city is also home to a number of large corporations, such as Aetna, The Hartford Insurance Group, Phoenix, and St. Paul-Travelers, and United Technologies.
Hartford's average apartment rental rate in the city is approximately $815.00. The average 1 bedroom apartment rents for about $725.00 and the average 2 bedroom rents for approximately $815.00. The Average listing price for homes for sale is around $160,000. Popular neighborhoods in the Hartford area include Frog Hollow, South Green, and Sheldon Charter Oak.