I have chosen the City of New Britain, the 7th largest municipality in Connecticut, as the subject for this paper. There is a population of 74,000, with a median income of $36,000. 38-percent of residents are between the ages of 25 and 44. .
People of all nationalities have come to call New Britain their home. Immigrants from all over the world started moving into New Britain back in the 1800's when industry was flourishing. You will find Irish, Germans, Swedes, French, Poles, Slovaks, Ukrainians, Armenians, Assyrians, Italians, Greek, Hispanics, Cambodians, Locations, and Vietnamese there still, even though industry in this city is not what it used to be.
New Britain covers a relatively small area, 13.2 square miles, and is conveniently located in the geographic center of the state, with three airports within a 25 mile radius. It offers in-town connections to major interstates and routes leading to the northern reaches of Boston and Canada, and south to New York. It contains more than 1,200 acres of parks, including Walnut Hill, a 98-acre National Historic District preserving rare and unique 19th Century architecture. It has five outdoor pools, a 4,600 -seat baseball stadium and a 9,000-seat football, soccer and track complex. It is home of the Connecticut United Soccer Wolves and AA New Britain Red Sox Baseball Team. .
The city has the highest unemployment rate in the state and a high concentration of low-income families. It has been identified as a Distressed City and an Urban Enterprise Zone. The Low income and high unemployment rates in the city have contributed to problems of crime and drugs. There are many federal, state, and local agencies and programs at work currently, trying and solve the current issues of low-income families and high unemployment in the City of New Britain, which will be discussed later in the paper.
New Britain was originally a farming community and later grew to become an industrial giant.