Bridgeport, Connecticut

Bridgeport: The second most populous city in Connecticut. It is located on Long Island Sound in southwestern Connecticut. Bridgeport is known for its many manufacturing companies, its many parks and green spaces, and its many attractions, such as the Bridgeport Arts Center and the Barnum Museum.


Bridgeport is a city located in the county of Fairfield in the U.S. state of Connecticut. Its population at the 2010 census was 144,229. After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 143,525 inhabitants.

The city was created 202 years ago in 1820.

Bridgeport, Connecticut's largest city, has an interesting history. It was founded in 1639 and originally called Newfield. In 1659, it was renamed Fairfield Village. Finally, in 1821, the name was changed to Bridgeport after the construction of a bridge over the Pequonnock River.

Bridgeport rapidly industrialized in the mid-1800s. The city became a manufacturing hub, producing ammunition, sewing machines, corsets, railroad cars, and more. This industrial expansion led to major population growth.

Key Facts About Modern Bridgeport

Here are some key facts about Bridgeport today:

  • Population: Approximately 147,000 as of 2019. This makes Bridgeport the largest city in Connecticut.
  • Economy: While manufacturing has declined, Bridgeport has diversified its economy. Major employers include retail, healthcare, higher education, and social assistance organizations. The city also has a growing high-tech sector.
  • Attractions: Bridgeport offers several cultural attractions like the Barnum Museum, the Discovery Museum, the Captain’s Cove Seaport, and the Klein Memorial Auditorium. Popular annual events include the Bridgeport Arts Festival, the Puerto Rican and Mexican Independence Day Parades, and the Gathering of the Vibes music festival.
  • Neighborhoods: Some of Bridgeport's most notable neighborhoods include Black Rock, East Side, East End, North End, South End, and Downtown. Each has its own unique character and mix of residential and commercial areas.

Bridgeport has overcome some challenging times but remains an economic and cultural hub for Connecticut today. The city's diversity and spirit of reinvention continue to move it forward.

Bridgeport locator map
Location of Bridgeport on Connecticut map.

Quick Facts about Bridgeport

Population : 143,525 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Connecticut (United States)
County : Fairfield County
Phone Area Codes : 203
Water as percent of area : 17.41%
Land as percent of area : 82.59%
Altitude : 3 feet / 1 meters
Capital city : Bridgeport is capital of Fairfield County
Establishment : January 01, 1821 (202 years ago)
Time Zone : Eastern Time Zone
Local time : 02:33:40 (7th December 2023)
Postal code : 06604
Population growth : -0.49% (2010-2020)
View of Bridgeport Center-People%27s Bank Building from Middle St.-Webster Bank Arena-Downtown view from stairs-Subway image
View of Bridgeport Center-People%27s Bank Building from Middle St.-Webster Bank Arena-Downtown view from stairs-Subway
View of Bridgeport Center-People%27s Bank Building from Middle St.-Webster Bank Arena-Downtown view from stairs-Subway image


Bridgeport is located at 41°10'45"N 73°11'22"W (41.1792300, -73.1894500).

Bridgeport map


According to census records, the population of Bridgeport decreased by 0.49% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 144,229 - census
2011 146,146 1.31% estimation process
2012 147,096 0.65% estimation process
2013 147,716 0.42% estimation process
2014 147,870 0.1% estimation process
2015 147,409 -0.31% estimation process
2016 146,287 -0.77% estimation process
2017 145,346 -0.65% estimation process
2018 144,772 -0.4% estimation process
2019 144,399 -0.26% estimation process
2020 143,525 -0.61% estimation process

Bridgeport zip code is 06604. County name: Fairfield, County fips: 09001

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People born in Bridgeport (200)

People born in Bridgeport, including composer John Adam Hugo, artist Joseph Dwight Strong, musician Vinnie Vincent, .


  • John Mayer (American singer, guitarist, record producer and songwriter from Connecticut) he was born in 16/10/1977
  • Jeff Parker (American musician) he was born in 04/04/1967
  • Adriana Caselotti (Voice actress, singer) she was born in 06/05/1916
  • B. P. Schulberg (American film executive) he was born in 19/01/1892
  • Brian Dennehy (American actor (1938-2020)) he was born in 09/07/1938
  • Jerome Namias (US meteorologist) he was born in 19/03/1910
  • Chris Soule (American skeleton racer) he was born in 05/02/1973
  • John Ratzenberger (American actor) he was born in 06/04/1947
  • Edwin H. Land (scientist and founder of the Polariod corporation) he was born in 07/05/1909
  • Alexandra Breckenridge (American actress) she was born in 15/05/1982
  • Kevin Nealon (American comedian) he was born in 18/11/1953
  • Alyssa Naeher (association football player) she was born in 20/04/1988
  • Ken Olsen (American engineer and businessman) he was born in 20/02/1926
  • John Mitchum (American actor and musician) he was born in 06/09/1919
  • Pete Zingoni (American ice hockey player) he was born in 28/04/1981
  • Alex Joseph (American football player) he was born in 06/07/1988
  • Tony Musante (American actor) he was born in 30/06/1936
  • Marnie Weber (American artist) she was born in 01/01/1959

Schools in Bridgeport

College & universities near Bridgeport, CT

Code Name City ZIP
129543 Housatonic Community College Bridgeport (CT) 06604-4704
480903 New England Tractor Trailer Training School of CT-Bridgeport Bridgeport (CT) 06608
128744 University of Bridgeport Bridgeport (CT) 06604-5620
130174 Porter and Chester Institute of Stratford Stratford (CT) 06615-7158
417275 Stratford School for Aviation Maintenance Technicians Stratford (CT) 06615

Stations (24)

Amtrak & bus stations near Bridgeport, CT

Code Name Address Type
BRP Bridgeport 525 Water St. RAIL
NHV Union Station 50 Union Avenue RAIL
STM Stamford Transportation Center Washington Blvd and South State St. RAIL
WFD Wallingford station 37 Hall Avenue RAIL
MDN Meriden Transit Center 60 State Street RAIL

Post offices near Bridgeport

Post Office Name City ZIP
Bridgepor Post Office Bridgeport (CT) 06602
Nobl Post Office Bridgeport (CT) 06608
Barnum Post Office Bridgeport (CT) 06605
Bayview Post Office Bridgeport (CT) 06610
Commer Post Office Fairfield (CT) 06825

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Other cities in Fairfield County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Fairfield County , CT. (more)

City Name Population Title
Stamford 131,397 The second most populous city in Connecticut.
North Stamford 128,278 A census-designated place in Stamford, Connecticut.
Norwalk 88,655 The most populous city in Fairfield County, Connecticut.
East Norwalk 84,530 A census-designated place in Norwalk, Connecticut.
Danbury 84,317 The most populous city in Fairfield County, Connecticut.
Greenwich 62,769 Town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States
Fairfield 62,215 Town in Connecticut, United States of America
Stratford 51,660 Town in Connecticut
Shelton 40,957 A town in Fairfield County, Connecticut.
Trumbull 35,438 Town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States
Westport 28,444 Town in Connecticut
Ridgefield 24,898 Town in Connecticut
Darien 21,693 Town in Connecticut
New Canaan 20,115 Town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States
Bethel 19,941 City in Alaska, USA
Monroe 19,328 Town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States

Distance to Other Cities

Bridgeport distances to largest Connecticut cities