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Overview

Introduction to Bridgeport

Settled in 1639, Bridgeport is located in the southwest corner of Connecticut. The city lies where the Pequonnock River empties into Long Island Sound, a part of the Atlantic Ocean. It was incorporated as a borough in 1800, as a town in 1821, and as a city in 1836. Bridgeport has had a series of names - Pequonnock, New Fairfield, Stratford, and Fairfield Village. In 1800 it received its present name when a drawbridge was built over the Pequonnock River. Measured by population, Bridgeport is the largest city in the state.

Known as Park City, Bridgeport contains 27 parks. Seaside Park, which lies along the shore, covers 210 acres. Beardsley Park encompasses winding roads and paths through woodlands, Beardsley Zoo, and a golf course within its 234 acres. Both were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed Central Park in New York City.

Many outsiders may know the city only by viewing the industrial buildings in the enterprise zone as they drive through on Interstate 95. It is indeed an economic contrast to nearby cities on the state's Gold Coast.

With no fewer than 54 Registered Historic Places, Bridgeport is rich in history. The architecture is interesting and diverse. Small distances make this an easily walkable city. Lincoln spoke here after his speaking tour which began at Cooper Union in New York City, as did George W. Bush. P.T. Barnum made this place his home, wintering his circus here, and serving as mayor.

The earliest years of Bridgeport's economy were driven by fishing and agriculture. The mid 1800s saw shipbuilding and whaling due to the presence of a deep harbor. The late 1800s brought industrialization. Well known companies and products from Bridgeport include Singer Manufacturing Co., Remington Arms Co., Underwood Elliot Fisher typewriters, Dictaphone Corp., Bridgeport milling machines, and Crane Valves. Beginning in the late 1900s, de-industrialization took a heavy toll on the city. Perhaps the most well known product evolution began at the Frisbie Pie Company, which was located in Bridgeport. Yale students discovered that flinging the pie plates was a great source of entertainment, and the concept of the Frisbie toy was born.

There are many events and attractions. The Barnum Festival is a series of dozens of events such as dances, food fares, galas, concerts, and sports competitions. Captain's Cove Seaport is the largest tourist attraction.

Cultural institutions include the Greater Bridgeport Symphony, the Downtown Cabaret Theatre, the Playhouse on the Green, and Discovery Museum and Planetarium. Admission is free at the Housatonic Museum of Art which houses works by Picasso, Rodin, and Warhol. Institutions of higher education include the University of Bridgeport and Housatonic Community College.

Sports fans have several outlets to choose from. The Bridgeport Bluefish of the North Division of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball play at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard. Note that this team has no connection to the minor leagues associated with Major League Baseball. The Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL hockey team and Fairfield University's basketball team both play at the Arena at Harbor Yard.

The city is blessed with many transportation options. Paralleling the shore line are Interstate 95 and Route 1. Also paralleling the shore, but about 6 miles inland, is the Merritt Parkway (Route 15), before it makes a change of direction to the northeast. Routes 8 and 25 run generally northeasterly. Commuting to New York, Stamford, New Haven, and Waterbury can also be accomplished by train using Amtrak or Metro-North. Greyhound and Peter Pan bus lines provide access to major cities. The Greater Bridgeport Transit Authority (GBTA) runs within the city and nearby suburbs. A ferry boat transports vehicles and passengers to Port Jefferson on Long Island.

Demographics

People

Total Population147,022
Male Share of the Population48.5%
Female Share of the Population51.5%
Senior Citizens10.3%
Employed Population 16+65,871
Age of the Population33

Families

% of people married33.1%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher17.9%
Median Earnings25+$29,773
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,611
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,823

Wealth

Median Family Income$48,176
% Above Poverty Level77.9%
% Below Poverty Level22.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time28 minutes
% Working from Home2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.9%
% Using Public Transportation11.5%

Housing

People Living Alone28.4%
Median Gross Rent$1,111
Median House Value$168,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)59.1%
West Indian10.2%
Jamaican6.3%
Italian5.4%
Irish4.3%
African4%
Haitian3%
German2.5%
Brazilian2.4%
Polish2%
Portuguese1.4%
English1.4%
Hungarian1.1%
Arab0.8%
French Except Basque0.7%
Canadian0.5%
Greek0.4%
Russian0.4%
Nigerian0.4%
Cape Verdean0.4%
Slovak0.3%
Swedish0.3%
Scottish0.3%
Trinidad Tobago0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
British0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Albanian0.2%
Czech0.2%
Iraqi0.1%
Welsh0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
US/American0.1%
Afghan)0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Barbadian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Guyanese0.1%
Macedonian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Dutch0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Norwegian0.1%
Ghanaian0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
South African0.1%
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Bridgeport Almanac

CategoryValue
County Fairfield County
Standard Zip Codes6604, 6605, 6606, 6607, 6608, 6610, 6650
P.O. Box Zip Codes6601, 6602
Company Zip Codes6673, 6699
Phone Area Codes203, 475
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.18
Approximate Longitude-73.19

Bridgeport Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationBRIDGEPORT SIKORSKY AP
Distance3.7 miles
Jan Temp23 to 37 F
Apr Temp41 to 57 F
Jul Temp66 to 82 F
Oct Temp46 to 63 F
Annual Precip44.1 inches
StationSTAMFORD 5 N
Distance18.3 miles
Jan Temp19 to 38 F
Apr Temp38 to 62 F
Jul Temp62 to 85 F
Oct Temp42 to 65 F
Annual Precip52.7 inches
StationMOUNT CARMEL
Distance22.6 miles
Jan Temp17 to 35 F
Apr Temp37 to 57 F
Jul Temp62 to 83 F
Oct Temp41 to 62 F
Annual Precip52.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Ansonia18,950$65,134
Derby12,755$66,087
Milford53,430$103,455
New Haven130,405$45,500
Norwalk87,930$94,806
Shelton40,979$102,108

Bridgeport Public Libraries

Bridgeport Public Library
925 BROAD ST.
Bridgeport, Connecticut
(203) 576-7400

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Bridgeport Hospitals

Bridgeport Hospital
(Non-profit)
267 Grant Street
(203) 384-3000
St Vincent's Medical Center
(Non-profit)
2800 Main St
(203) 576-5551
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Bridgeport Public Schools

Greater Bridgeport Community Mental Health Center
1635 Central Ave
(203) 551-7400
Bridgeport Regional Aquaculture Science Technology
60 St Stephens Rd
(203) 275-2926
The Bridge Academy
410 Kossuth St
(203) 336-9999
High
Total Enrollment 276
Barnum School
495 Waterview Ave
(203) 576-7510
Primary
Total Enrollment 659
Columbus School
275 George St
(203) 576-7578
Primary
Total Enrollment 523
Read School
130 Ezra St
(203) 576-8030
Primary
Total Enrollment 850
Skane Center
2977 North Madison Ave
(203) 576-7181
Primary
Total Enrollment 229
Multicultural Magnet School
700 Palisade Ave
(203) 576-7505
Primary
Total Enrollment 484
Curiale School
300 Laurel Ave
(203) 576-8437
Primary
Total Enrollment 615
Six-six Magnet School
601 Pearl Harbor St
(203) 330-6775
Primary
Total Enrollment 463
Waltersville School
95 Gilmore St
(203) 576-7556
Primary
Total Enrollment 483
Geraldine Johnson School
1375 North Ave
(203) 576-7505
Primary
Total Enrollment 857
Bullard-havens Technical High School
500 Palisade Ave
(203) 579-6333
High
Total Enrollment 874
High Horizons Magnet School
700 Palisade Ave
(203) 576-7807
Primary
Total Enrollment 430
Parent-children Program
948 Main St
(203) 332-2830
Make The Grade
86 Whittier St
(203) 339-8834
Middle
Total Enrollment 39
Bridgeport Correctional Center
1106 North Ave
(203) 579-6131
High
Total Enrollment 25
New Beginnings Inc. Family Academy
510 Barnum Ave
(203) 336-9852
Primary
Total Enrollment 361
Park City Prep Charter School
510 Barnum Ave
(203) 953-3766
Middle
Total Enrollment 257
Blackham School
425 Thorme St
(203) 576-7951
Primary
Total Enrollment 1065
Edison School
115 Boston Terrace
(203) 576-7183
Primary
Total Enrollment 251
Classical Studies Academy
240 Linwood Ave
(203) 576-7188
Primary
Total Enrollment 290
Bridgeport Learning Center
280 Tesiny Ave
(203) 576-8465
Other
Total Enrollment 50
Achievement First Bridgeport Academy
655 Stillman St
(203) 338-0593
Other
Total Enrollment 543
Luis Munoz Marin School
479 Helen St
(203) 576-8202
Primary
Total Enrollment 898
Beardsley School
500 Huntington Rd
(203) 576-7184
Primary
Total Enrollment 389
Central High School
One Lincoln Blvd
(203) 576-7377
High
Total Enrollment 2186
Cross School
1775 Reservoir Ave
(203) 576-7553
Primary
Total Enrollment 431
Hallen School
68 Omega Ave
(203) 576-8216
Primary
Total Enrollment 335
Hooker School
138 Roger Williams Rd
(203) 576-7185
Primary
Total Enrollment 416
Park City Magnet School
1526 Chopsey Hill Rd
(203) 576-7547
Primary
Total Enrollment 523
Madison School
376 Wayne St
(203) 576-7186
Primary
Total Enrollment 510
Jettie S. Tisdale School
345 Logan St
(203) 576-8037
Primary
Total Enrollment 670
Winthrop School
85 Eckart St
(203) 576-7769
Primary
Total Enrollment 729
Dunbar School
445 Union Ave
(203) 576-7194
Primary
Total Enrollment 344
Park City Academy
391 East Washington Ave
(203) 337-1205
High
Total Enrollment 5
Bassick High School
1181 Fairfield Ave
(203) 576-7350
High
Total Enrollment 1073
Black Rock School
545 Brewster St
(203) 576-7500
Primary
Total Enrollment 306
Bryant School
230 Poplar St
(203) 576-7303
Primary
Total Enrollment 413
Cesar Batalla School
606 Howard Ave
(203) 576-8044
Primary
Total Enrollment 1146
Longfellow School
139 Ocean Terrace
(203) 576-8036
Primary
Total Enrollment 456
Hall School
290 Clermont Ave
(203) 576-7560
Primary
Total Enrollment 310
Harding High School
1734 Central Ave
(203) 576-7330
High
Total Enrollment 1315
Roosevelt School
680 Park Ave
(203) 576-8032
Primary
Total Enrollment 535

Bridgeport Private Schools

St Peter School
659 Beechwood Ave
Elementary
Total Enrollment 182
St Ambrose School
461 Mill Hill Ave
Elementary
Total Enrollment 172
Bridgeport Hope School
283 Lafayette St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 53
Fairfield County Sda School
827 Trumbull Ave
Elementary
Total Enrollment 58
Bridgeport International Academy
285 Lafayette St Ste 200
Secondary
Total Enrollment 75
Love Christian Academy
729 Union Ave
Elementary
Total Enrollment 74
Cope School
425 Grant St
Secondary
Total Enrollment 9
St Augustine Cathedral School
63 Pequonnock St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 218
St Andrew School
395 Anton St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 242
St Ann School
521 Brewster St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 199
St Raphael Elementary School
324 Frank St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 184
Kolbe Cathedral High School
33 Calhoun Pl
Secondary
Total Enrollment 325
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