New Britain, Connecticut
New Britain is a city located in Hartford County, Connecticut. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 71,538. While it was considered a city of its own, New Britain is now considered a suburb of Hartford, which is only nine miles away.
New Britain has the largest Polish population of any city in Connecticut.
It is home to the Central Connecticut State University.
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Chartered in 1850, New Britain was carved from the nearby town of Berlin, Connecticut. During the early part of the 20th century, New Britain was known as the "Hardware Capital of the World." Major manufacturers, such as The Stanley Works and Corbin Locks, were headquartered in the city. New Britain's official nickname is the "Beehive City", and the slogan for its high school sports teams is "Hard Hittin' New Britain". It is home to the New Britain Rock Cats.
Many regions of New Britain are swampy, earning the city the nickname of "The Great Swamp".
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 71,538 people, 28,558 households, and 16,934 families residing in the city. The population density is 2,070.5/km² (5,364.0/mi²). There are 31,164 housing units at an average density of 902.0/km² (2,336.7/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 69.38% White, 10.89% African American, 0.37% Native American, 2.36% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 13.12% from other races, and 3.81% from two or more races. 26.75% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 28,558 households out of which 28.3% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.6% are married couples living together, 17.7% have a female householder with no husband present, and 40.7% are non-families. 33.1% of all households are made up of individuals and 12.7% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.40 and the average family size is 3.08.
In the city the population is spread out with 24.2% under the age of 18, 12.5% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 18.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.8% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 34 years. For every 100 females there are 91.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 88.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $34,185, and the median income for a family is $41,056. Males have a median income of $34,848 versus $26,873 for females. The per capita income for the city is $18,404. 16.4% of the population and 13.3% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 24.9% of those under the age of 18 and 8.9% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.