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If Connecticut is the "Constitution State," then Hartford should be the "Constitution Capital" since it was at Hartford's Old State House that the first written constitution guaranteeing representative government was ratified. Hartford is the capital of Connecticut, although more locals refer to it as the capital of insurance because of the booming insurance industry. Located along the Connecticut River, this quaint New England city was originally a Dutch trading post in the 1600s known as House of Hope. By 1635, Thomas Hooker arrived with English settlers and made their home near the Dutch post. By the 1800s, Hartford became a hotbed for the abolitionist movement, the place where famed abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe resided. By the time she wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin, Hartford had risen to prominence and the city's rich history has now become legendary.

Although the city has come a long way from its roots as a sleepy settlement town, contemporary Hartford retains the small town feel with less than 125,000 residents. The city also boasts the daily Hartford Courant, the nation's oldest continuously published newspaper. Since its first publication on October 29, 1764, it has never missed a single issue.

Hartford can also boast another historical milestone in Bushnell Park, the oldest public park in the country. Bushnell Park was envisioned by Reverend Horace Bushnell in 1853. It houses 157 different varieties of trees and shrubs from around the globe, representing the native foliage of North America, Europe and eastern Asia. All in all, 1,100 trees and shrubs were planted, creating a lush oasis near the downtown district. Bushnell Park also houses a vintage 1914 Stein and Goldstein carousel that still operates today. The carousel is enclosed in a 24-sided pavilion with 48 hand-carved wooden horses flanked by two lover's chariots. It is also one of three carousels left of its kind.

No telling of Hartford's history is complete without the Old State House, where the first constitution was written to establish an autonomous democratic government. In 1638, Hooker famously wrote that "The foundation of authority is laid, firstly, in the free consent of the people," a concept of self governing that largely influenced the U.S. Constitution. The Old State House building continues to be a tourist favorite, reflecting Federal, Victorian and Colonial Revival architecture. As agreed, all the materials used during its construction were from the United States, and the entire first story was constructed out of Portland brownstone. As the city continues to transform into a thriving metropolis, Hartford's real estate market has also continued to appreciate.

Expansionmanagement.com recently placed Hartford real estate in the 19th spot in its rank of the Top 40 real estate markets. And with an average home price of $130,000, it's easy to see why. A range of housing options abound here, with Hartford single family homes, duplexes, clustered town homes, flats, rental apartments and high-rise condominiums selling at a median price of $147,000. Hartford homes for sale are regularly available at affordable rates, and home buyers have a diversity of neighborhoods to choose from. The West End community of Hartford was mainly farmland in the 19th century. But by the 20th century, it underwent a development boom turning it into a thriving middle class suburb. Without a doubt, the pride and joy of West Enders is nearby Elizabeth Park, the oldest municipally operated rose garden in America. Packed inside this two and a half acre garden is a whopping 800 varieties of roses that number 15,000 altogether. It is primarily a family community with an abundance of West End single, two- and three-family homes on the market.

For a more historically saturated neighborhood, residents flock to Sheldon/Charter Oak where Thomas Hooker first broke ground during the city's founding. The name "Charter Oak" refers to massive oak tree where, according to local legend, the colony's charter for independence was safely hidden away. This modern community today sits just south of the downtown district bordered by the Connecticut River on its eastern end, offering proximity to the contemporary urban lifestyle with deep historical roots. A wealth of history and knowledge is waiting to be discovered in this jewel of New England, so start your Hartford real estate search today!

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hartford
http://www.census.gov/population/www/
http://www.expansionmanagement.com/smo/articleviewer/default.asp?cmd=articledetail&articleid=16397&st=5
http://www.homegain.com/local_real_estate/CT/hartford.html
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http://www.bushnellpark.org/
http://www.ctosh.org/history_vintphotos/osh_history.htm
http://hartford.omaxfield.com/westend.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charter_Oak

Hartford, CT Community Information

Population

119,132

Median Age

29.5

Median Household Income

$31,730

Households with Children

58.21%

Median Travel Time to Work

25 minutes

Hartford, CT Real Estate Market Information

Homes Owned

23.93%

Homes Rented

68.25%

Homes Vacant

7.82%

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  • Total Population 119,132
  • Total Male Population 57,292
  • Total Female Population 61,840
  • Population change since 2000 6.80%
  • Median age 29.5
  • Percent of households with children 58.21%
  • Personal Crime risk 360

Transportation

  • Median travel time to work 25 minutes
  • Percent using Public transportation 18.02%
  • Percent Driving/Using Carpool 72.47
  • Percent Using Other transportation 7.36%
  • Percent Working From Home 2.15%

Education Levels

  • Some high school 32.72%
  • High school graduate 32.96%
  • Some college 14.72%
  • Associate degree 4.86%
  • Bachelor's degree 8.45%
  • Graduate degree 6.28%

Occupation

  • Agriculture, forestry, and fishing 0.40%
  • Construction 4.30%
  • Manufacturing 9.68%
  • Wholesale Trade 2.16%
  • Retail Trade 8.27%
  • Finance, insurance and real estate 10.02%
  • Services 5.94%
  • Public administration 5.51%
  • Information 2.46%
  • Professional 11.13%
  • Education 24.18%
  • Arts 10.74%

Income

  • Average household income $44,832
  • Income change since 2000 21.45%

Climate

  • Avg. January high/low temp 35.00 / 16.83
  • Avg. July high/low temp 83.41 / 61.12
  • Annual precipitation 47.94

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