First established in 1674 in an area the Indians called ‘Matetacoke’ or poorly wooded area, this original settlement known as Mattatuck would come to be Waterbury – Connecticut’s fifth largest city. Waterbury is a community filled with history, architectural beauty, culture and opportunity making it one of Connecticut’s best cities for your home and family.
Throughout the first half of the Twentieth Century Waterbury was the leading center in the country for the manufacture of brassware giving the city the nickname the “Brass City”. It continues to retool to meet the demands and needs of today’s era after heavy industry.
Health care career opportunities abound in Waterbury. Both Saint Mary’s Hospital and Waterbury Hospital operate here. Skilled nursing facilities, a regional cancer care center, and other health care services are also located in the city.
The Palace Theater once again draws audiences to the city center as a historic downtown venue recently renovated as part of a $200 million economic redevelopment project for the City of Waterbury and the State of Connecticut. The city has a large town green, beautiful churches, flourishing restaurants, and other architectural landmarks that are all part of the downtown area.
Away from the downtown center, long-time family communities including many from ethnic backgrounds continue to live in close knit neighborhoods. These diverse ethnic communities also support and maintain a wide variety of cultural centers, places of worship, schools and social clubs.
The Mattatuck Museum Arts & History Center collects, studies, preserves, and exhibits American art and history. The Museum is unique because it focuses on the work of painters and sculptors who were born or based in Connecticut with a collection spanning the Eighteenth, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. The Museum promotes an understanding of our history by providing vision and leadership for our future through educational outreach.
The museum also emphasizes the cultural and commercial achievements of Waterbury. These include a collection of 15,000 buttons, which was donated to the museum by the Waterbury Button Company.
The Mattatuck Drum Band, was founded in 1767 and is the oldest continuing active musical organization in America.
Many affordable housing opportunities exist. There is a wide selection of single-family homes, condominiums and apartments to meet diverse needs and tastes. Many neighborhoods are graced with historic parks. Rounding out the city’s lifestyle offerings are two municipal golf courses, a private golf course, a municipal stadium, museums, movie houses and delightful shopping districts, including the Brass Mill Center Mall.
The city’s residents take full advantage of Connecticut’s many initiatives in public education. Waterbury’s school system is comprised of inter-district magnet schools, charter schools, a vocational high school as well as traditional neighborhood schools. Magnet school offerings are quite varied including a school with an elementary school program with Japanese language instruction, a performing arts focus near the Palace Theater, and the award -winning Rotella Interdistrict Magnet School for integrated arts.
For higher education, Waterbury is also home to the University of Connecticut Waterbury Branch, Post University and Naugatuck Valley Community College. Many other Connecticut universities and colleges also offer ancillary programs in the city.
Waterbury lies 33 miles southwest of Hartford and 77 miles northeast of New York City. The city is located along Interstate 84 and has a Metro North railroad station.
The combination of Waterbury’s architectural beauty, ethnic communities, affordable housing and culture making it one of Connecticut’s best cities for your home and family.