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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 Population147,586
Male Share of the Population48.9%
Female Share of the Population51.1%
Senior Citizens10.7%
Employed Population 16+66,546
Age of the Population34

Families

% of people married34%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher18.1%
Median Earnings25+$30,338
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,871
Median Earnings With High School Degree$27,520

Wealth

Median Family Income$50,356
% Above Poverty Level79.2%
% Below Poverty Level20.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time28 minutes
% Working from Home3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.1%
% Using Public Transportation11.8%

Housing

People Living Alone27.6%
Median Gross Rent$1,142
Median House Value$170,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)57.4%
West Indian11.3%
Jamaican6.8%
Italian5.3%
African3.9%
Irish3.8%
Haitian3.1%
Brazilian2.6%
German2.4%
Polish2%
Portuguese1.5%
English1.4%
Hungarian1%
French Except Basque0.8%
Arab0.7%
Canadian0.5%
Cape Verdean0.4%
Nigerian0.4%
British0.4%
Russian0.4%
Slovak0.3%
Trinidad Tobago0.3%
Scottish0.3%
Swedish0.3%
Greek0.3%
Ghanaian0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Czech0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Guyanese0.2%
Barbadian0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Albanian0.1%
US/American0.1%
Afghan)0.1%
Iraqi0.1%
South African0.1%
Macedonian0.1%
Norwegian0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
Dutch0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
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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

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LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Ansonia18,953$68,160
Derby12,700$69,394
New Haven130,884$46,671
Norwalk88,537$94,902
Shelton41,282$106,588

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

Bridgeport Public Schools

Bridgeport Correctional Center
1106 North Avenue
ZIP: 6604
High
Total Enrollment 8
Classical Studies Academy
240 Linwood Avenue
ZIP: 6604
Primary
Total Enrollment 371
Columbus School
275 George Street
ZIP: 6604
Primary
Total Enrollment 861
Curiale School
300 Laurel Avenue
ZIP: 6604
Primary
Total Enrollment 769
Geraldine Johnson School
1375 North Avenue
ZIP: 6604
Primary
Total Enrollment 824
Parent-children Program
948 Main Street
ZIP: 6604
Roosevelt School
680 Park Avenue
ZIP: 6604
Primary
Total Enrollment 562
Bassick High School
1181 Fairfield Avenue
ZIP: 6605
High
Total Enrollment 1005
Black Rock School
545 Brewster Street
ZIP: 6605
Primary
Total Enrollment 414
Bridgeport Regional Aquaculture Science & Technology Center
60 Stephens Road
ZIP: 6605
Bryant School
230 Poplar Street
ZIP: 6605
Primary
Total Enrollment 406
Cesar Batalla School
606 Howard Avenue
ZIP: 6605
Primary
Total Enrollment 1205
Aerospace/hydrospace, Engineering,physical Sciences Hs
840 Old Town Road
ZIP: 6606
Other
Total Enrollment 356
Biotechnology, Research And Zoological Studies Hs
840 Old Town Road
ZIP: 6606
Other
Total Enrollment 348
Blackham School
425 Thorme Street
ZIP: 6606
Primary
Total Enrollment 1114
Bridgeport Learning Center
280 Tesiny Avenue
ZIP: 6606
Other
Total Enrollment 65
Bridgeport Military Academy
840 Old Town Road
ZIP: 6606
Other
Total Enrollment 233
Central High School
One Lincoln Boulevard
ZIP: 6606
High
Total Enrollment 1672
Cross School
1775 Reservoir Avenue
ZIP: 6606
Primary
Total Enrollment 386
Hallen School
68 Omega Avenue
ZIP: 6606
Primary
Total Enrollment 302
Information Technology And Software Engineering High School
840 Old Town Road
ZIP: 6606
Other
Total Enrollment 365
Park City Magnet School
1526 Chopsey Hill Road
ZIP: 6606
Primary
Total Enrollment 465
Read School
130 Ezra Street
ZIP: 6606
Primary
Total Enrollment 884
Skane Center
2977 North Madison Ave
ZIP: 6606
Primary
Total Enrollment 386
Winthrop School
85 Eckart Street
ZIP: 6606
Primary
Total Enrollment 651
Dunbar School
445 Union Avenue
ZIP: 6607
Primary
Total Enrollment 377
Jettie S. Tisdale School
345 Logan Street
ZIP: 6607
Primary
Total Enrollment 680
Achievement First Bridgeport Academy
655 Stillman Street
ZIP: 6608
Other
Total Enrollment 977
Barnum School
495 Waterview Avenue
ZIP: 6608
Primary
Total Enrollment 635
Great Oaks Charter School Bridgeport
510 Barnum Ave.
ZIP: 6608
Middle
Total Enrollment 127
Luis Munoz Marin School
479 Helen Street
ZIP: 6608
Primary
Total Enrollment 921
New Beginnings Inc. Family Academy
510 Barnum Avenue
ZIP: 6608
Primary
Total Enrollment 473
Park City Prep Charter School
510 Barnum Ave.
ZIP: 6608
Middle
Total Enrollment 360
The Bridge Academy
410 Kossuth St. Box 2267
ZIP: 6608
High
Total Enrollment 275
Waltersville School
95 Gilmore Street
ZIP: 6608
Primary
Total Enrollment 492
Madison School
376 Wayne Street
ZIP: 6609
Primary
Total Enrollment 534
Beardsley School
500 Huntington Road
ZIP: 6610
Primary
Total Enrollment 370
Bullard-havens Technical High School
500 Palisade Avenue
ZIP: 6610
High
Total Enrollment 801
Edison School
115 Boston Terrace
ZIP: 6610
Primary
Total Enrollment 274
Greater Bridgeport Community Mental Health Center
1635 Central Avenue
ZIP: 6610
High
Total Enrollment 1
Hall School
290 Clermont Avenue
ZIP: 6610
Primary
Total Enrollment 262
Harding High School
1734 Central Avenue
ZIP: 6610
High
Total Enrollment 1134
High Horizons Magnet School
700 Palisade Avenue
ZIP: 6610
Primary
Total Enrollment 414
Hooker School
138 Roger Williams Road
ZIP: 6610
Primary
Total Enrollment 371
Multicultural Magnet School
700 Palisade Avenue
ZIP: 6610
Primary
Total Enrollment 457
Pride
461 Mill Hill Avenue
ZIP: 6610
Six-six Magnet School
601 Pearl Harbor Street
ZIP: 6610
Primary
Total Enrollment 459

Bridgeport Private Schools

Bridgeport Hope School
283 Lafayette St
ZIP: 6604
Elementary
Total Enrollment 53
Bridgeport International Academy
285 Lafayette St Ste 200
ZIP: 6604
Secondary
Total Enrollment 75
Kolbe Cathedral High School
33 Calhoun Pl
ZIP: 6604
Secondary
Total Enrollment 325
St Augustine Cathedral School
63 Pequonnock St
ZIP: 6604
Elementary
Total Enrollment 218
St Raphael Elementary School
324 Frank St
ZIP: 6604
Elementary
Total Enrollment 184
St Ann School
521 Brewster St
ZIP: 6605
Elementary
Total Enrollment 199
St Peter School
659 Beechwood Ave
ZIP: 6605
Elementary
Total Enrollment 182
Fairfield County Sda School
827 Trumbull Ave
ZIP: 6606
Elementary
Total Enrollment 58
St Andrew School
395 Anton St
ZIP: 6606
Elementary
Total Enrollment 242
Love Christian Academy
729 Union Ave
ZIP: 6607
Elementary
Total Enrollment 74
Cope School
425 Grant St
ZIP: 6610
Secondary
Total Enrollment 9
St Ambrose School
461 Mill Hill Ave
ZIP: 6610
Elementary
Total Enrollment 172
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