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The Hospital of Central Connecticut
Located in Hartford County, Connecticut, New Britain is approximately 9 miles southwest of Hartford. According to 2010 Census, the population of the city is 73,206 and is among the southernmost of the communities encompassed within the Hartford-Springfield Knowledge Corridor Metropolitan Region. New Britain is home to Central Connecticut State University and Charter Oak State College. The official nickname of the city is Hardware City because of its history as a manufacturing center and as the headquarters of Stanley Black & Decker. The city was originally settled in 1687, incorporated in 1754 as a new parish under the name New Britain Society, chartered in 1850 as a township, in 1871 chartered as a city, and in 1905 consolidated with the nearby town of Berlin, Connecticut. New Britain's terrain is mostly made up of soft, rolling hills and young Connecticut forest. The many parks are populated with trees, and in small, undeveloped areas, there is also brushy woods. New Britain's streets also have many trees lining the sides of the roads. Many front yards in the northern half of the city have at least one tree. One or two streams flow through New Britain, undisturbed by the development.