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There arecurrently eight Counties in the U.S. state of Connecticut. Four of them were originally created in 1666, during the first consolidation of the colony of Connecticut from a number of smaller colonies. Two more Counties were created during colonial times, and only two counties, Middlesex and Tolland counties, have been created since American independence, both in 1785. The majority of Connecticut Counties are named for locations in England, where many early Connecticut settlers originated Connecticut is divided into geographic regions called counties, but they do not have functioning governments, as defined by the Census Bureau
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Middlesex County, Connecticut

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Middlesex County is a county located in the south central part of the state of Connecticut. As of the 2010 census, the population was 165,676.The county was created in May 1785 from portions of Hartford County and New London County.

Middlesex County is included in the Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Middlesex County Name

Former county of Middlesex in the UK


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Middlesex County is located in south central Connecticut, bordered on the east by New London County, on the west by New Haven County, and on the north by Hartford County. Connecticut's seventh established county, it is also bordered to the south by Long Island Sound. The Connecticut River forms a portion of the eastern border of Middlesex County, starting at Old Saybrook. The total land area covered by Middlesex County is 369 square miles making it the smallest in size of the eight Connecticut counties.

The terrain trends from mostly level along the Connecticut River and Atlantic coast to gently rolling uplands away from them. The highest elevation is close to a triangulation station in Meshomasic State Forest, located at 916 feet (279 m) above sea level; the lowest point is sea level.

Middlesex County is also the home of Wadsworth Falls.

Neighboring Counties:

  • East: New London County
  • South: Long Island Sound
  • West: New Haven County
  • Northwest: Hartford County


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