Bridgeport, Connecticut Population 2020

143,010
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Bridgeport is a city located in Connecticut. With a 2020 population of 143,010, it is the largest city in Connecticut and the 189th largest city in the United States. Bridgeport is currently declining at a rate of -0.66% annually and its population has decreased by -0.85% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 144,229 in 2010. Bridgeport reached it's highest population of 158,709 in 1950. Spanning over 19 miles, Bridgeport has a population density of 8,902 people per square mile.

The average household income in Bridgeport is $62,879 with a poverty rate of 21.38%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,157 per month, and the median house value is $173,100. The median age in Bridgeport is 33.8 years, 32.2 years for males, and 35.4 years for females. For every 100 females there are 95.2 males.

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.

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%).

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.

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.

Bridgeport Demographics

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

  • White: 40.28%
  • Black or African American: 35.26%
  • Other race: 15.76%
  • Two or more races: 4.72%
  • Asian: 3.47%
  • Native American: 0.49%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.02%
The current population of Bridgeport, Connecticut is 143,010, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 144,900.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 144,229.

Bridgeport, Connecticut Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020944,5553660.04%
2019944,1893660.04%
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 Percentage
White58,97740.28%
Black or African American51,62235.26%
Some Other Race23,07215.76%
Two or More Races6,9114.72%
Asian5,0863.47%
American Indian and Alaska Native7220.49%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander270.02%
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Bridgeport Population Pyramid 2020

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Bridgeport Median Age

33.8


Total

32.2


Male

35.4


Female

Bridgeport Adults

There are 111,954 adults, (15,638 of whom are seniors) in Bridgeport.

Bridgeport Age Dependency

52

Age Dependency Ratio

16.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

35.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Bridgeport Sex Ratio

Female

75,020

51.24%

Male

71,397

48.76%

Bridgeport Households and Families

Bridgeport Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Bridgeport Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married57.3%42.7%
Male43.1%56.9%
All41.8%58.2%
Non Family35.3%64.7%
Female29.3%70.7%

41.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All50,5472.841.8
Non Family18,0491.335.3
Married16,7523.757.3
Female11,9093.5829.3
Male3,8373.5443.1

3.48

Average Family Size

2.8

Average Household Size

7.2%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.3%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

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Bridgeport Education

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade11,66812.42%
9th to 12th Grade10,40411.08%
High School Graduate31,04533.06%
Some College17,87119.03%
Associates Degree5,7386.11%
Bachelors Degree10,93711.65%
Graduate Degree6,2546.66%
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Bridgeport Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic35,26122,1252,989
Black32,41627,1045,429
White22,23519,1246,886
Other Race13,8258,089909
Asian3,3512,6151,534
Multiple Races3,1112,448571
Native American53524294
Islander272714

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 51.85%.

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$30,980$35,083$27,587
Less Than High School$22,061$26,938$17,362
High School Grad$28,785$33,595$23,802
Some College$32,200$36,953$30,329
Bachelors Degree$43,380$44,806$41,151
Graduate Degree$54,876$56,103$54,442

$30,980

Average Earnings

$35,083

Average Male

$27,587

Average Female

Bridgeport Language

Bridgeport Language by Age

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Bridgeport Language

51.72% of Bridgeport residents speak only English, while 48.28% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 33.62% of the population.

Bridgeport Poverty

Bridgeport Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic57,66115,33826.60%
Black50,2709,45718.81%
Other22,6886,42628.32%
White27,5574,00514.53%
Multiple6,6701,59723.94%
Asian4,9151,30226.49%
Native71327238.15%
Islander271348.15%

21.38%

Overall Poverty Rate

19.58%

Male Poverty Rate

23.07%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Bridgeport

The race most likely to be in poverty in Bridgeport is Islander, with 48.15% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Bridgeport is White, with 14.53% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.74%. Among those working part-time, it was 23.78%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 32.63%.

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School28.54%
High School17.14%
Some College12.79%
Bachelors or Greater10.21%
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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed43.09%
Male Unemployed31.72%
Female Employed10.20%
Male Employed9.43%

Bridgeport Income

Bridgeport Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$45,441$62,879
Families$51,801$69,947
Married Families$69,698$86,410
Non Families$28,172$44,764
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Bridgeport Marital Status

Bridgeport Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

33.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

36.1%

Male Marriage Rate

31.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Bridgeport Married by Age and Sex

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Bridgeport 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 Marital Status by Race

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Bridgeport Veterans

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3,870

Number of Veterans

3,415

Male Veterans

455

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,041
Second Gulf War656
First Gulf War475
Korea377
World War II264
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Age Group Veterans
75+949
35 to 54823
65 to 74813
55 to 64794
18 to 34491
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Name Veterans % of Total
White2,1874.54%
Black1,3273.45%
Hispanic9722.34%
Other1891.17%
2 or More1263.13%
Asian250.56%
Indian162.67%

Bridgeport Veterans by Education

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6.53%

Veteran Poverty Rate

24.49%

Veteran Disability Rate

Bridgeport Employment Status

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67.6%

Labor Force Participation

58.6%

Employment Rate

13.4%

Unemployment Rate

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Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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43.68%

Born in Connecticut

70.11%

Native Born

29.89%

Foreign Born

17.65%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

70.11% of Bridgeport residents were born in the United States, with 43.68% having been born in Connecticut. 17.65% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020143,010-945-0.66%
2019143,955-945-0.65%
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%