Stereotypes can be very annoying, especially when they’re not accurate. Living in a small state like Connecticut means people aren’t always familiar with our way of life. When you venture outside of the state you might run in to some of these stereotypes, which frankly, Nutmeggers are tired of hearing.
1. "Connecticut only has small towns."
For some reason, there always seem to be surprise when someone from Connecticut says they live in a city or are a city person. Hello! Our capital is a city, and we're a regular state, so why wouldn't we have cities? Not everyone from Connecticut grew up in a small town or raised farm animals. The size and type of communities is very diverse.
2. "Nutmeggers love winter."
Some do, of course. But whenever I say I hate winter, someone undoubtedly states "But you're from Connecticut." Just because we have winter doesn't mean we have to like it. There is a large fraction of locals who wouldn't mind a snowless season and warmer days.
3. "Nutmeggers would rather live in New York/Boston."
Nope. Not everyone is thrilled to call Connecticut home, but we're not pining to move into the nearby states either. New York and Boston are good for a day trip but we always come back home.
4. "People from Connecticut are snobs."
Like any state, we have a wealthy faction that gets a bad rep. But people from Connecticut are actually pretty laid back and nice. Especially the quiet corner folks. They are particularly sweet.
5. "Connecticut is boring."
Just because we are small and lush with nature, that doesn't mean we don't have a great night scene or fun loving spirits.
6. "People from Connecticut are gossips."
More like Nutmeggers are strong believers that "it takes a village." News can travel pretty fast, especially in a small town, but it's usually more out of concern than anything else. Be warned, some residents will bring you welcome pies and sympathy roasts. It's their way of spreading love.
7. "Connecticut is super preppy."
This one is way off. As a state, we're no more stereotypically preppy than the average college fraternity. Some are in to the pastel shorts and popped collars, but a lot of Nutmeggers are still rocking jeans and sweatpants.
8. "People from Connecticut have an accent."
Nope! For those who have never visited the Constitution state there's an assumption that we'd have an accent because we're stuck between some states with some pretty heavy accents themselves. But no weird pronunciations here!
9. "People in Connecticut have a love/hate relationship with deer."
In my experience, deer are seen so frequently in Connecticut that most people are indifferent. Whether it's watching them eat your plants or swerving around them on the road, deer are just a way of life. No need to love or hate them because you're going to have to deal with them no matter what.
10. "Nutmeggers are bad drivers."
I think we are the best drivers! We average way more road time than anyone else which means we have more experience too. Biggest complaints are that we speed and cut people off. That's not necessarily bad, just aggressive. You'd drive that way too if you had our interstate commutes.