Discover Downtown New Britain, an historic downtown with a wealth of opportunities and incentives that make it an ideal place for businesses to grow and prosper. New Britain, Connecticut is home to more than 72,000 residents. A major state university with more than 12,000 students is located less than two miles from our downtown. A new 87,000 sq. ft. Police and retail complex is under construction, historic restorations are underway, and restaurants, art galleries, and artist studios are reshaping the retail environment.