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New Britain
Hartford County, Connecticut

06051, 06052, 06053

The Hardware City

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Statistics & Facts


History & History-related items

City Attractions


Historical Events

Chamber of Commerce.



Statistics & Facts

The Connecticut state capital is Hartford.
The population of New Britain is approximately 70,664 (2007), 73206 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 31,165 (2000), 28158 (2010).
The amount of land area in New Britain is 34.547 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in New Britain is 13.3 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0.177 sq kilometers.
The distance from New Britain to Washington DC is 300 miles.
The distance to the Connecticut state capital is 10 miles. (as the crow flies)
New Britain is positioned 41.67 degrees north of the equator and 72.78 degrees west of the prime meridian.
New Britain elevation is 190 feet above sea level.
New Britain per capita income is $ 18,404 (2000).
New Britain median income is $ 36,681 (2007).
The New Britain median home price is $ 177,200 (2007).


in north-central Connecticut about 3.3 miles from Kensington. Other nearby communities include Newington, Berlin, Plainville, Farmington and West Hartford.
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History & History Related Items

The area was first settled in 1687. Then it incorporated as a parish and was known as New Britain Society in 1754. It was chartered in 1850 as a township and as a city in 1871. Many families migrated to the community creating shops, businesses and new residents. The Stanley Works was begun by the mid 1800’s bringing many other manufacturers and industries which gave New Britain the nickname of the Hardware City. As new residents arrived to staff the businesses and stores, they married and raised their families and continued to help New Britain to thrive and grow.
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New Britain Industrial Museum

New Britain Museum of American Art

The Polish District or "Little Poland" is located primarily in the area of Broad Street where visitors can find unique amber jewelry, handcrafted items, blown glass, Christmas ornaments carved chess sets, as well as eat their fill of Polish food.
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New Britain City Government

City of New Britain
27 West Main Street
New Britain, CT 06051

New Britain Historical Events

Dribbling, as a technique of the game of basketball, was developed at the New Britain YMCA.
The Seal of the City of New Britain was adopted. The motto, in Latin, reads “Industry fills the hives and enjoys the honey.” It was designed by Elihu Burritt who began as a blacksmith and going forward to learn over 50 languages and becoming an author and famous public speaker.
The wire coat hanger was invented by local resident, O. A. North in 1869

New Britain Chamber

New Britain Chamber of Commerce
One Court Street
New Britain, CT 06051
phone: 860-229-1665

New Britain Organizations

New Britain Chamber of Commerce
One Court Street
New Britain, CT 06051
phone: 860-229-1665

New Britain Schools

Central Connecticut State University New Britain


The population of New Britain was:
1850 - 3,029
1860 - 5,212
1880 - 13,979
1900 - 28,202
1910 - 43,916
1920 - 59,316
1930 - 68,128
1940 - 68,685
1950 - 73,726
1960 - 82,201
1970 - 83,441
1980 - 73,840
1990 - 75,491
2000 - 71,538
2007 - 70,664

Number of Housing Units:
1990 - 32,335
2000 - 31,164

Median age:
2000 - 33.9 years

Median household income:
2000 - $ 34,185
2007 - $ 36,681

Median House value:
2000 - $ 97,600
2007 - $ 177,200

Per Capita income:
2000 - $ 18,404

New Britain is located in the Eastern time zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.

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