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In sharp contrast, the Hartford metropolitan area is ranked 32nd of 318 metropolitan areas in total economic production and 7th out of 280 metropolitan statistical areas in per capita income.The original factory is situated in the Sheldon/Charter Oak neighborhood just south of downtown Hartford.With business booming by 1855, Colt entered an aggressive expansionary phase and opened the Colt Armory, the world's largest private armament factory.The Charter Oak Monument is located at the corner of Charter Oak Place, a historic street, and Charter Oak Avenue.Throughout the 19th century, Hartford's residential population, economic productivity, cultural influence, and concentration of political power continued to grow.