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Old 08-22-2009, 10:21 AM
 
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Many people find Massachusetts and Connecticut to be two very similar states. Others have a strong preference for one over the other. Some people view MA as a better state because of its distinguished Boston suburbs and largely developed urban areas. Others view CT as the better state because of its location between Boston and New York, and because of its many distinguished NYC suburban towns. Just curious about your opinion.
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Old 08-22-2009, 03:01 PM
 
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Very similar yes. However Conn is more of a drive-through state; not much there for tourists, visitors, pilgrims... (Gamblers, ok.) Mass has many destinations. Other differences: Conn a little more prosperous & polished overall. Conn doesn't have the local tax cap so its schools and other local services are better funded; the other side of the coin is that there may be even more griping about taxes than in Mass. Conn is more Italian; Mass more Irish. Both are heavily Catholic despite the white Protestant churches on the town green. Lots of debates in C-D over whether Conn is really part of New England since it's so close to NY. Mass shares a border with New York too but that's the tail and it doesn't wag the dog. Conn has two centers of gravity; Hartford and the New Haven to Greenwich stretch, and while Hartford is not in the NYC orbit, the other area is completely within it.

Similarities: Hartford and Boston settled by the same group of Puritans and in much the same way, establishing numerous towns in the region. Eventually one came to dominate in each area, but the original pattern persists in preventing the city from annexing many (or in Hartford's case, any) of the surrounding towns. Also the Boston area, like the Hartford area, isn't just a central city with many suburbs, it's a central city with other important independent cities in the vicinity as well as suburbs. So Boston, but also Cambridge, Lynn, Salem, Waltham. Similarly, Hartford but also New Britain, Middletown, and Meriden.

I don't think Conn's NYC suburbs are what makes it great; it's more the beauty and quality of its towns outside the overdeveloped Fairfield County area. Conn has gorgeous towns all over the state, as does Mass. That's what makes the states so similar. I'd say that almost everyone would have to agree that Conn and Mass are very similar states even if they have strong preferences for one over the other. They just are.
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Old 08-30-2009, 08:21 PM
 
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Well, my fall-spring residence is in Massachusetts and my summer residence is in Greenwich, Connecticut. I love Greenwich more than I like my town in Massachusetts, but as a state I like Massachusetts better. I think Massachusetts has more personality, and I like how Boston isn't near as sketchy as Hartford is.
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Old 08-24-2013, 12:01 PM
 
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Many people find Massachusetts and Connecticut to be two very similar states. Others have a strong preference for one over the other. Some people view MA as a better state because of its distinguished Boston suburbs and largely developed urban areas. Others view CT as the better state because of its location between Boston and New York, and because of its many distinguished NYC suburban towns. Just curious about your opinion.
Massachusetts and Connecticut are very similar and also different from each other. Towns in Connecticut are larger than those in Massachusetts. Homes are better in Connecticut than Massachusetts, they are also larger than homes in Massachusetts. Schools in Connecticut are also better than one in Massachusetts. In Massachusetts they has more colleges than Connecticut. Massachusetts has Puritan or Old New England Yankee feel than Connecticut, Massachusetts is colder and cloudier than Connecticut and I liked it. Massachusetts has a New England Culture than Connecticut.
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Old 08-24-2013, 06:08 PM
 
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let it be known that southern CT up to New Haven isn't New England

it's NYC country
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Massachusetts has a more distinctive culture, more interesting cities, while most older CT cities are rather dismal. Rural areas are also more scenic with some cute old towns. There's something about eastern Massachusetts, maybe just look, but it could be the culture that feels a separate from the rest of the country. Not sure how to describe it...
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Old 04-05-2014, 03:50 PM
 
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Massachusetts has a more distinctive culture, more interesting cities, while most older CT cities are rather dismal. Rural areas are also more scenic with some cute old towns. There's something about eastern Massachusetts, maybe just look, but it could be the culture that feels a separate from the rest of the country. Not sure how to describe it...
Sorry to reopen this thread, but your last two sentences strike me as very true - but much like you, I'm not sure how to "describe" it. For some reason, whether I'm in CT, or even the south or midwest, the personalities of the people are more similar than if you were to compare much of Mass to other parts of the country. Maybe Bay Staters are more reserved...I'm not sure what it is.
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Old 04-12-2014, 09:18 AM
 
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let it be known that southern CT up to New Haven isn't New England

it's NYC country
More like Stamford Stamford feel like White Plains, NY
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Old 11-28-2014, 05:00 PM
 
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Massachusetts and Connecticut are very similar and also different from each other. Towns in Connecticut are larger than those in Massachusetts. Homes are better in Connecticut than Massachusetts, they are also larger than homes in Massachusetts. Schools in Connecticut are also better than one in Massachusetts. In Massachusetts they has more colleges than Connecticut. Massachusetts has Puritan or Old New England Yankee feel than Connecticut, Massachusetts is colder and cloudier than Connecticut and I liked it. Massachusetts has a New England Culture than Connecticut.
I think CT has a richer taste of New England than Mass does. It has old church, old towns, one of the oldest news papers in America (Hartford Current). The biggest major river in New England is named after the state. I have lived in both states and it seems to me that Ct and Mass have a very high taste of New England. Remember, it is not just about the economy it is also about the natural influence. Overall, again both states especially Hartford and Springfield. So there is no judging either of these states. all in all
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Old 11-28-2014, 06:35 PM
 
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Very similar yes. However Conn is more of a drive-through state; not much there for tourists, visitors, pilgrims... (Gamblers, ok.) Mass has many destinations. Other differences: Conn a little more prosperous & polished overall. Conn doesn't have the local tax cap so its schools and other local services are better funded; the other side of the coin is that there may be even more griping about taxes than in Mass. Conn is more Italian; Mass more Irish. Both are heavily Catholic despite the white Protestant churches on the town green. Lots of debates in C-D over whether Conn is really part of New England since it's so close to NY. Mass shares a border with New York too but that's the tail and it doesn't wag the dog. Conn has two centers of gravity; Hartford and the New Haven to Greenwich stretch, and while Hartford is not in the NYC orbit, the other area is completely within it.

Similarities: Hartford and Boston settled by the same group of Puritans and in much the same way, establishing numerous towns in the region. Eventually one came to dominate in each area, but the original pattern persists in preventing the city from annexing many (or in Hartford's case, any) of the surrounding towns. Also the Boston area, like the Hartford area, isn't just a central city with many suburbs, it's a central city with other important independent cities in the vicinity as well as suburbs. So Boston, but also Cambridge, Lynn, Salem, Waltham. Similarly, Hartford but also New Britain, Middletown, and Meriden and Manchester.

I don't think Conn's NYC suburbs are what makes it great; it's more the beauty and quality of its towns outside the overdeveloped Fairfield County area. Conn has gorgeous towns all over the state, as does Mass. That's what makes the states so similar. I'd say that almost everyone would have to agree that Conn and Mass are very similar states even if they have strong preferences for one over the other. They just are.
i agree
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