Bridgeport is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Connecticut. With a population of 147,629 people and 38 constituent neighborhoods, Bridgeport is the largest community in Connecticut.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Bridgeport is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Bridgeport is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Bridgeport who work in office and administrative support (14.26%), sales jobs (9.68%), and maintenance occupations (8.86%).
Bridgeport is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
Many people in Bridgeport take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Bridgeport citizens for affordable transportation.
In terms of college education, the citizens of Bridgeport rank slightly lower than the national average. 16.45% of adults 25 and older in Bridgeport have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.
The per capita income in Bridgeport in 2010 was $20,442, which is low income relative to Connecticut, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $81,768 for a family of four. However, Bridgeport contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Bridgeport is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Bridgeport home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Bridgeport residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Bridgeport also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 38.88% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Bridgeport include Italian, Irish, Haitian, and German.
Bridgeport also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 27.71%.
The most common language spoken in Bridgeport is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.