New Britain has a population of 71,254 and is located approximately nine miles southwest of Hartford. The city is home to Central Connecticut State University and Charter Oak State College. New Britain is nicknamed the
Hardware City because of its history in manufacturing and due to it being the headquarters of Stanley Works, a household durable goods manufacturer of tools and hardware.
New Britain has a large Polish community, lending it the nickname
New Britski. Downtown's Broad Street harbors a variety of Polish shops and delis. The Polish community is known for its fruitful gardens, gorgeous flowers and Catholic icons in the front yards, most commonly, Our Lady of Czestochowa. Due to Polish influence, the New Britain accent is possibly the only of its kind in North America, featuring the glottal stop to replace the 't'. The Poles and first-generation Polish Americans of New Britain pride themselves on maintaining their rich heritage.
New Britain is the home of the country's oldest American art museum, The New Britain Museum of American Art. The museum houses a comprehensive collection dated from the 18th century to the present. Other sites of interest in the city include Walnut Hill Park, the Hole in the Wall Theater, and the New Britain Youth Museum. Visitors and locals seeking athletic entertainment might attend a New Britain Rock Cats minor league professional baseball game at New Britain Stadium.