Living in the Area
The Hartford area, which includes the city and 32 suburbs, has nearly one million residents. The city has cultural and other activities usually found in more extensive metropolitan areas. Hartford is the home of the Wadsworth Athenaeum, the oldest public art museum in the country. The esteemed 80-member Hartford Symphony, the Hartford City Ballet, the Hartford Stage Company (which was awarded a 1989 Tony Award for the best regional theater in the United States), and Bushnell Memorial Theatre (a 3,000-seat auditorium that presents Broadway shows, visiting performances, lectures, and other entertainment) offers programs throughout the year. The Comcast Theater, which is one of the largest indoor/outdoor music theaters in the country, will bring a diverse and eclectic variety of musical performances to Hartford. For summer fun there are cruises up and down the CT River. Family theme parks include Lake Compound (Bristol/Southington, CT) and Six Flags New England (Agawam. MA), just a short drive away. Also Connecticut is the home of two of the largest casinos in the world, Foxwoods Resort Casino & Mohegan Sun.
Sports fans have several venues to choose from in Hartford. The XL Center (the city's civic center) is home for the Connecticut Whale Hockey Team. It also is a site for the University of Connecticut's Division I men's and women's championship basketball teams. Connecticut's new sports & entertainment center, Rentschler Field, home to University of Connecticut Huskies football team, has been built in nearby East Hartford. Minor league baseball and World Team Tennis and the PGA Traveler's Championship Golf Tournament provide sports enthusiasts with the opportunity to enjoy many different activities.
Opportunities for professional development are throughout the region and the state. Connecticut benefits from a sophisticated population that provides a significant degree of support for the provision of health care services. Between the Connecticut Hospital Association and several academic facilities in the area, continuing education is easily accessible.
Hartford, the capital of Connecticut, is rich in work and educational opportunities, housing, shopping, historical points of interest, and cultural and recreation activities. The city is centrally located in the beautiful Connecticut River Valley, between Boston and New York (less than a two-hour drive to either city). Hartford is also ideally situated for travel to attractions such as Cape Cod, the mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire, and the coast of Maine. Hartford is no more than six hours from any point between Washington, DC, and Montreal.