Bridgeport, Connecticut Population 2019

Bridgeport is a seaport city located in Fairfield County, Connecticut about 60 miles from Manhattan on the Long Island Sound. The city is bordered by Stratford, Fairfield, and Trumball, Connecticut. Bridgeport is Connecticut's city and the 5th largest city in New England. Greater Bridgeport, which includes five surrounding towns, has a population of more than 305,000 while the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk metropolitan area has an estimated population of more than 950,000. In 2019, Bridgeport has an estimated population of 147,000.

Diversity

Almost 30% of people in Bridgeport, CT are foreign-born. Common ancestry groups in the city include Italian (8.6%), Irish (5.1%), Portuguese (2.9%), Polish (2.8%), and German (2.4%).

History

The region of Bridgeport was settled by the English in 1644 along US Route 1, or what was known as the King's Highway during the colonial era. The original settlement was called Pequonnock or "Cleared Land" and named after the Paugussett who originally inhabited the area. The Golden Hill Indians of the area were granted a reservation by the Colony of Connecticut which lasted until 1802.

During the early years, Bridgeport residents relied on farming and fishing in the Long Island Sound. By the late 18th century, many local farmers in Bridgeport were heavily involved in trading and the area had a strong coastal trade with Baltimore, New York, Boston, and the West Indies. The village became the Borough of Bridgeport in 1800 as the first in the state of Connecticut and it was named for the Lottery Bridge that crossed the Pequonnock River. It was later chartered as the 5th city in Connecticut.

Bridgeport grew rapidly after the mid-19th century once the railroad linked it with New York. By 1875, P.T. Barnum became mayor and the city served as the headquarters for Barnum & Bailey's Circus during the winter. The population grew from 25,000 to more than 100,000 between this time and 1910 in large part thanks to immigrants such as the Irish, Slovaks, English, Germans, and Italians. After this rapid industrialization, Bridgeport followed in the steps of many former industrial cities in the 1970s and 1980s with a deteriorating city center although the city has worked toward revitalizing its downtown in recent years.

Population History

By 2040, the population of Connecticut is expected to grow just 1.7% to 3.7 million, far behind other New England states thanks to Connecticut's very low fertility rate and other factors. Despite this bleak outlook, cities like Bridgeport and Hartford are bouncing back from population decline. By 2040, Bridgeport's population could grow by up to 6% (https://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-biz-population-outlook-20171207-story.html). Much of this growth is attributed to millennials who have accounted for 67% of recent movers (https://www.ctpost.com/local/article/More-millenials-moving-to-New-Haven-Milford-13797749.php) to the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk area.

Bridgeport Ct Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Bridgeport Ct was:

  • White: 40.41%
  • Black or African American: 35.26%
  • Other race: 16.02%
  • Two or more races: 4.57%
  • Asian: 3.10%
  • Native American: 0.60%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.04%

Bridgeport, Connecticut's estimated population is 144,900 according to the most recent United States census estimates. Bridgeport, Connecticut is the 1st largest city in Connecticut based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau.

The population density is 9023.36 people/mi² (3483.92 people/km²), with a household density of 1397.51 people/km² (3619.56 people/mi²).

The overall median age is 33.8 years, 32 years for males, and 35.5 years for females. For every 100 females there are 95.6 males.

Based on data from the American Community Survey, in 2017 there were 58,124 households in the city, with an average size of people per household. The homeowner vacancy rate was 3.2%, with a median rent of $1142/month. The median house has 4.8 rooms, and has a value of $170,300.

The median income for households in Bridgeport, Connecticut is $44,841, while the mean household income is $61,745.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018144,900-508-0.35%
2017145,408-945-0.65%
2016146,353-1,107-0.75%
2015147,460-432-0.29%
2014147,8921660.11%
2013147,7266290.43%
2012147,0979660.66%
2011146,1311,2730.88%
2010144,8585,3290.38%
2000139,529-2,157-0.15%
1990141,686-860-0.06%
1980142,546-13,996-0.93%
1970156,542-206-0.01%
1960156,748-1,961-0.12%
1950158,70911,5880.76%
1940147,1214050.03%
1930146,7163,1610.22%
1920143,55541,5013.47%
1910102,05431,0583.70%
190070,99622,1303.81%
189048,86621,2235.86%
188027,6438,6743.84%
187018,9696,8634.59%
186012,1066,0267.13%
18506,0802,7866.32%
18403,2940.00%
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018943,8233660.04%
2017943,457-1,345-0.14%
2016944,802-499-0.05%
2015945,3019460.10%
2014944,3554,3640.46%
2013939,9914,8940.52%
2012935,0977,2000.77%
2011927,8978,5670.92%
2010919,3300.00%

Population by Race

Race Population
White59,645
Black or African American52,034
Some Other Race23,637
Two or More Races6,747
Asian4,577
American Indian and Alaska Native880
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander66

Bridgeport Ct Population Pyramid 2019

Bridgeport Ct Median Age

33.8


Total

32


Male

35.5


Female

Bridgeport Ct Adults

There are 112,592 adults, (15,757 of whom are seniors) in Bridgeport Ct.

Bridgeport Ct Age Dependency

52.4

Age Dependency Ratio

16.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Bridgeport Ct Sex Ratio

Female

75,435

51.11%

Male

72,151

48.89%

Bridgeport Ct Households and Families

Bridgeport Ct Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Bridgeport Ct Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married57.1%42.9%
Male42.6%57.4%
All42%58%
Non Family34.8%65.2%
Female31.2%68.8%

42.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All50,3412.8442
Non Family17,5611.3334.8
Married16,9773.6757.1
Female12,2923.5731.2
Male3,5113.7242.6

3.49

Average Family Size

2.84

Average Household Size

7.3%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.3%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Bridgeport Ct Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade12,03512.68%
9th to 12th Grade11,12911.72%
High School Graduate30,74332.38%
Some College18,25019.22%
Associates Degree5,6305.93%
Bachelors Degree10,88511.47%
Graduate Degree6,2636.60%

Bridgeport Ct Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic34,88821,2543,063
Black32,57727,0235,134
White23,68020,2067,230
Other Race14,1408,057991
Asian3,0182,3111,379
Multiple Races2,8632,225606
Native American64132199
Islander666611

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 45.69%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$30,338$33,969$27,094
Less Than High School$21,871$26,237$17,243
High School Grad$27,520$33,286$22,426
Some College$31,534$37,253$29,255
Bachelors Degree$43,525$44,734$42,641
Graduate Degree$55,310$56,373$54,071

$30,338

Average Earnings

$33,969

Average Male

$27,094

Average Female

Bridgeport Ct Language

Bridgeport Ct Language by Age

Bridgeport Ct Language

52.49% of Bridgeport Ct residents speak only English, while 47.51% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 32.72% of the population.

Bridgeport Ct Poverty

Bridgeport Ct Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic57,07314,99826.28%
Black50,7509,81219.33%
Other23,1956,02625.98%
White29,3593,70112.61%
Multiple6,4671,70726.40%
Asian4,4121,21427.52%
Native87123627.10%
Islander661218.18%

20.79%

Overall Poverty Rate

19.07%

Male Poverty Rate

22.43%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Bridgeport Ct

The race most likely to be in poverty in Bridgeport Ct is Asian, with 27.52% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Bridgeport Ct is White, with 12.61% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.64%. Among those working part-time, it was 22.11%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 31.15%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School26.35%
High School15.66%
Some College12.45%
Bachelors or Greater11.68%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed42.43%
Male Unemployed34.02%
Female Employed10.07%
Male Employed8.51%

Bridgeport Ct Income

Bridgeport Ct Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$44,841$61,745
Families$50,356$67,913
Married Families$67,807$84,695
Non Families$27,548$44,384

Bridgeport Ct Marital Status

Bridgeport Ct Marital Status

Marriage Rates

34.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

36.3%

Male Marriage Rate

31.9%

Female Marriage Rate

Bridgeport Ct Married by Age and Sex

Bridgeport Ct Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Bridgeport Ct Marital Status by Race

Bridgeport Ct Veterans

4,142

Number of Veterans

3,695

Male Veterans

447

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,158
Second Gulf War672
First Gulf War484
World War II413
Korea374

Bridgeport Ct Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White2,2874.68%
Black1,5063.90%
Hispanic8702.12%
Other1580.95%
2 or More1403.64%
Asian300.75%
Indian213.03%

Bridgeport Ct Veterans by Education

6.44%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.06%

Veteran Disability Rate

Bridgeport Ct Employment Status

67.8%

Labor Force Participation

58.4%

Employment Rate

13.8%

Unemployment Rate

Bridgeport Ct Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

44.86%

Born in Connecticut

70.45%

Native Born

29.55%

Foreign Born

18.16%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

70.45% of Bridgeport Ct residents were born in the United States, with 44.86% having been born in Connecticut. 18.16% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.