Community

Naugatuck is a consolidated borough and town in New Haven County, Connecticut, United States. The town, nicknamed “Naugy” by the locals, spans both sides of the Naugatuck River just south of Waterbury, and includes the communities of Union City on the east side of the river, which has its own post office, Straitsville on the southeast (along Route 63), and Millville on the west (along Rubber Avenue).

NaugatuckThe Algonquin Indians, the first “settlers” in Naugatuck, gave the town its name, meaning  “lone tree by the fishing place.” The beautiful waterways that attracted the Algonquians also lured early American settlers to the area and later a variety of mills and factories. The Borough of Naugatuck was incorporated in 1844 from Mattatuck, which is known today as Waterbury.  In 1849, a railroad line constructed along the Naugatuck River significantly impacted the local economy, enabling manufacturers to receive coal and raw material and transport finished products to the Connecticut coast for shipment all over the world.

As the Industrial Revolution commenced, Naugatuck was transformed into a hardscrabble mill town like its neighbors in the Naugatuck Valley.

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Goodyear Metallic Rubber Shoe Company & Downtown Naugatuck (c. 1890)

Rubber was the chief manufactured product. The United States Rubber Company (renamed Uniroyal Inc. in 1961) was founded in Naugatuck in 1892 as a consolidation of nine rubber companies, and maintained their corporate headquarters there until the 1980s. Their Footwear Division manufactured Keds sneakers in Naugatuck from 1917 until the 1980s. U.S. Rubber also produced ‘Naugahyde’ in a Naugatuck factory, but it is no longer produced there.

As the number of mills and factories has gradually declined in the past few decades, Naugatuck has been transformed into a bedroom community for Fairfield County, New Haven, Hartford and Waterbury, offering a pleasant suburban lifestyle and friendly small town setting.

As of the 2010 census, Naugatuck had a population of 31,862. The diverse community enjoys an enticing lifestyle, a reasonable cost of living, and easy access to larger cities like Waterbury, New Haven, and Hartford.  There is convenient access to highway Route 8 and Interstate I-84.

This mountainous region abounds with access to recreation areas and scenic vistas.  World class nature parks, museums, dining and shopping are abundant.  Play a round of golf at the public 9-hole course, Hop Brook.  Take the family to Quassy Amusement & Water park in neighboring Middlebury.  New England’s ski resorts and beaches are also easily accessible.  If you prefer a more cultural, shopping, or entertainment attraction, New York City, Boston, and Providence are all within a two-hour drive.