Once the 'hat making' capital of the United States, the southwestern Connecticut city of Danbury has remade itself into a thriving, economically diverse city. Its population of almost 78,000 enjoys living in a city that continually ranks as one of the safest in Connecticut. Located in the Housatonic Valley region of the state, Danbury is the home of Western Connecticut State University.
Danbury boasts a low unemployment rate and a number of industries in Danbury are flourishing including manufacturing, services, retail, trade, health care, real estate, insurance and finance.
The Danbury Hospital has a staff of 3,300 making it one of the largest employers in the city. Ethan Allen Interiors Inc., has its headquarters in Danbury and employs 618 people in Connecticut, with 6,400 employees worldwide.
Praxair Inc., is located in Danbury and is a Fortune 500 company that manufactures and sells industrial gas. With 550 employees in Connecticut, the company is actively earning accolades for its excellent products and environmental safety. Originally specializing in cryogenically separated oxygen, the company produces various products including nitrogen, carbon dioxide, hydrogen, helium, argon, and technology to help prevent companies from wasting energy.
Scholastic Library Publishing Inc., has its headquarters in Danbury, where it publishes educational material including the Encyclopedia Americana, a Spanish language encyclopedia, and the Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia.
The Danbury Fair Mall is the largest shopping mall in Connecticut.
Western Connecticut State University is a public institution serving almost 6,000 undergraduate, graduate, and part time students. The school offers Bachelor's degrees in Social Work, Business, Music, Nursing, and Education. The Jane Goodall Center for Excellence in Environmental Studies, specializing in programs focused on conservation and the environment, is also a part of Western Connecticut State University. The college competes in a number of Division III athletics including soccer, football, and baseball. The college has two observatories in the city - one for student and public viewing and the other for graduate and faculty studies. Western Connecticut State is also the only university in Connecticut with a Meteorology program.
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