Hartford is the capital of the U.S. state of Connecticut. Located in Hartford County, it is the second most populous city on the Connecticut River (after Springfield, Massachusetts.
In 2006, Hartford's estimated population was 124,512, making it Connecticut's third-largest city after the coastal cities of Bridgeport and New Haven. As of the 2010 Census, Hartford was the seventh largest city in New England (after, in order: Boston, Worcester, Providence, Springfield, Bridgeport, and New Haven.
As of the 2010 census, Greater Hartford was the largest metropolitan area in Connecticut with a population of 1,212,381. Greater Hartford's close proximity to, and economic and cultural interconnectedness with, the Greater Springfield combine to make the Hartford-Springfield Metropolitan Area the second most populous region in New England, with a population of approximately 1.9 million. Collectively, the Hartford-Springfield Metropolitan Region is nicknamed the Knowledge Corridor because it contains 32 universities and colleges, with approximately 160,000 university students. The two cities share Bradley International Airport, which lies equidistant between the two cities' centers.