Introduction to New Britain, Connecticut

The city of New Britain, located at the geographic center of Connecticut, is part of Hartford County. Considered a suburb of Hartford by some, New Britain lies only about 9 miles southwest of the Connecticut state capital. Serviced by U.S. Route 6 and Connecticut State Highways 9 and 72, the city is afforded direct access to Interstate Highways I-84 and I-91 and is about two hours away from both Boston and New York. New Britain is home to Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) and Charter Oak State College.

Incorporated as a city in 1871, New Britain saw its industrial identity defined in the late 19th century when Frederick Stanley incorporated The Stanley Works and was soon followed by Corbin Locks and other major manufacturers. By the early 20th century, New Britain became known as the "Hardware City," having become America's largest hardware manufacturing center. Still the home of the Stanley Works, New Britain today retains its economic focus on manufacturing but supplements it with an eye towards technology.

New Britain Attractions

The New Britain Museum of American Art, founded in 1903, carries the distinction as the first museum of strictly American art in the country. Its large catalogue of American works of art is housed in the comfortable spaces of a 1907 residence. The New Britain Youth Museum, founded in 1956, encourages children and their families to learn Connecticut history and explore aspects of state and world cultures. The New Britain Industrial Museum chronicles the development of New Britain industry and houses a collection of its products, such as tools, ball bearings, kitchen appliances, and architectural hardware dating back to 1812. The Copernican Observatory and Planetarium at CCSU offers a variety of shows themed around planets, stars, constellations, and other astronomical topics.

New Britain is also home to a variety of creative, performing and visual arts. Some examples of these are:

  • New Britain Chorale
  • Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra
  • New Britain Symphony Orchestra
  • Black Box Theatre at CCSU
  • Hole in the Wall Theater
  • Repertory Theatre of New Britain
  • Greater New Britain Opera Association
  • Thaddeus L. Torp Theatre at CCSU

Sports fans in New Britain can treat themselves to quality professional baseball. The city is home to the New Britain Rock Cats, a Minor League Baseball Double-A team affiliated with the Minnesota Twins. The Rock Cats play their Eastern League games at the friendly confines of the Willow Brook Park Sports Complex. Only minutes away is the city of Hartford, home to hockey's Hartford Wolf Pack, an American Hockey League (AHL) team affiliated with the National Hockey League's New York Rangers. Baseball fanatics can find even more of their sport by traveling a half-hour south to New Haven, home of the New Haven Cutters, an independent team in the Can-Am (Canadian-American Association of Pro Baseball) League. New Haven is also home to Yale University and the Yale Bulldogs athletic teams.


Total Population 72,988
Male Share of the Population 47.5%
Female Share of the Population 52.5%
Senior Citizens 12.2%
Employed Population 16+ 31,808
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 35.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.8%
Median Earnings25+ $33,557
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,188
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,003


Median Family Income $49,493
% Above Poverty Level 76.7%
% Below Poverty Level 23.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 1.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.6%
% Using Public Transportation 3.1%


People Living Alone 31.7%
Median Gross Rent $892
Median House Value $159,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 49.5%
US/American 0.3%
English 2.7%
Irish 6.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

New Britain Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 89 miles NE of New York, New York
County Hartford
Metro Area Hartford
Standard Zip Codes 06051, 06052, 06053
P.O. Box Zip Codes 06050
Phone Area Codes 860
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.661
Longitude -72.78

New Britain Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 8.4 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 36 F
Apr Temp 39 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 43 to 62 F
Annual Precip 52.3 inches
Distance 17.9 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 33 F
Apr Temp 33 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 81 F
Oct Temp 37 to 60 F
Annual Precip 54.5 inches
Distance 18.3 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 34 F
Apr Temp 33 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 51 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bristol 60,554 $73,927
Hartford 124,795 $34,628
Meriden 60,439 $65,023
Middletown 47,218 $87,078
Naugatuck 31,722 $77,538
Waterbury 109,551 $48,177

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

New Britain Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(860) 224-5011
Emergency Service: Yes

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New Britain High Schools

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110 MILL ST.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 2,969 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

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A Title I School.
Serves 671 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.6

A Non-traditional School
Serves 15 students.

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