Photo: Perkins-Clark House, ca. 1861, 9 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Photographed by user:Sage Ross (own work), 2009, [cc-by-3.0 (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed January, 2014.
County Government was abolished in 1960. The eight counties continue solely as geographical subdivisions of the state.
The Connecticut Tourism Bureau divides the state into five regions. Hartford County is part of the region known as "River Valley." The county was established in 1666 as one of the 4 original counties of the State. Population approaches 900,000 residents and incomes are typically about 20% above the national median.