Known as “Hardware City,” New Britain is located just 15 minutes from the capital city of Hartford. The expansion of Route 9 and the intersection with Route 72 in the center of town have given this community direct access to Interstates 91 and 84, creating an efficient highway network for business, trade, and commuting. Residents enjoy lush parks and an active parks and recreation organization that offers everything from summer concerts to golf lessons. Central Connecticut State University enjoys the distinction of being the oldest public institution of learning in the state, home of the popular Blue Devils that play in the Northeast Conference. The university presence enriches the entire community with cultural and sports events, stimulating the local economy and infusing an atmosphere of intellectual vitality.