The largest cities in Connecticut are Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, Stamford, and Waterbury. Bridgeport had a population in 2006 of 137,912 in the city and 900,440 in the metropolitan area in 2006. Hartford, the state capital, had a population of 124,512 in the city and 1,188,841 in the metropolitan area. New Haven had a population of 124,001 in the city and 845,244 in the metropolitan area. Stamford had 119,261 people, while Waterbury had 107,251 inhabitants in 2006. Other major cities are Norwalk, New Britain, and Danbury.
The Roman Catholic Church accounts for about one-half of all the church members in the state. Of the Protestant denominations the Baptists are most numerous, followed by the Episcopalians, and Methodists. Many Orthodox Christians live in the state. There are large Jewish communities in most of the state’s major cities.
Congregationalism was established by law as the official religion of the Connecticut and New Haven colonies when the colonies were founded in the 17th century. It remained the official religion until the 1818 constitution was adopted. The congregation of each church was its own governing body, and there was nearly complete independence of all outside ecclesiastical control. After 1708 the churches lost their form of self-government and were placed under the administration of the various counties. "Connecticut" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia
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