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. Bridgeport has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.
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 (13.45%), sales jobs (10.13%), and maintenance occupations (8.58%).
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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Bridgeport use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Bridgeport‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
In terms of college education, Bridgeport is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 17.10% of adults 25 and older in Bridgeport have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Bridgeport in 2010 was $21,002, 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 $84,008 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 39.31% 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 Italian, Irish, Haitian, and German.
Bridgeport also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 28.85%.
The most common language spoken in Bridgeport is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.