Annual Production during the 1800’s
Litchfield – 1 factory – 30 workers – 3,000 clocks – $50,000
Winsted – 1 factory – 40 workers – 30,000 clocks – $38,000
New Haven – 3 factories – 405 workers – 372,000 clocks – $258,000
Ansonia – 2 factories – 140 workers – 102,00 clocks – $132.000
Plymouth – 3 factories – 175 workers – 70,000 clocks – $150,000
Bristol – 14 factories – 440 workers – 201,000 clocks – $334,000
In the location of workers throughout the state the main ares are centered in New Haven and Bristol, with slightly smaller congregations of workers in outlying areas such as Ansonia and Plymouth. By being closer to international centers of immigration such as New York and by being on the water it was easier for people to more easily migrate and settle along the coasts of Connecticut rather than traveling inland. This allowed different ethnic neighborhoods to establish which furthered the ease of access for other immigrants to settle in the area.
The map above correlates the cities in Connecticut in relation to the amount of clock factories. During this time Bristol had the greatest amount of factories in the region, but this was due to a large amount of small scale workshops as noted by the fact that although New Haven had only 3 factories they had almost as many workers among them and still managed to create many more clocks per year.
In the network of the production of clocks nearly half of the 794,000 made every year were produced in New Haven with a gradual decrease in the amount of production being noted as we go further inland. New Haven was able to capitalize on the adjacently to the ocean as it allowed for the faster and cheaper import of raw material and fuel for factories, allowing them to grow faster and to a larger scale.
The Connecticut Tribune, 1854