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. 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.
Bridgeport is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Bridgeport is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Bridgeport area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
The percentage of adults in Bridgeport who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 17.10% of the adults 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.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Bridgeport's cultural character, accounting for 28.85% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Bridgeport is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.