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 144,900 people and 38 constituent neighborhoods, Bridgeport is the largest community in Connecticut. Much of the housing stock in Bridgeport was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
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 (10.42%), sales jobs (9.05%), and food service (8.07%).
One of the nice things about Bridgeport is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
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.
The percentage of adults in Bridgeport who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 18.30% of the adults in Bridgeport have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Bridgeport in 2010 was $23,348, 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 $93,392 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. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Bridgeport, accounting for 39.98% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Bridgeport residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Bridgeport include Jamaican, Italian, Irish, Haitian, and African.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Bridgeport's cultural character, accounting for 29.89% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Bridgeport is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.