Bridgeport, Connecticut Population 2021

143,653
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Bridgeport is a city located in Fairfield County Connecticut. It is also the county seat of Fairfield County. With a 2020 population of 143,653, it is the largest city in Connecticut and the 188th largest city in the United States . Bridgeport is currently declining at a rate of -0.26% annually and its population has decreased by -0.40% 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 8,942 people per square mile.

The average household income in Bridgeport is $64,103 with a poverty rate of 21.82%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,163 per month, and the median house value is $174,700. The median age in Bridgeport is 34.3 years, 32.5 years for males, and 36 years for females.

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: 40.43%
  • Black or African American: 35.09%
  • Other race: 15.75%
  • Two or more races: 4.87%
  • Asian: 3.40%
  • Native American: 0.43%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.04%
The current population of Bridgeport, Connecticut is 143,653 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 144,772.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 144,229.

Bridgeport, Connecticut Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2021942,054-639-0.07%
2020942,693-639-0.07%
2019943,332-639-0.07%
2018943,9719330.10%
2017943,038-1,309-0.14%
2016944,347-596-0.06%
2015944,9437470.08%
2014944,1964,2720.45%
2013939,9244,8250.51%
2012935,0997,0990.76%
2011928,0008,6450.93%
2010919,3550.00%

Bridgeport Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White58,88740.43%
Black or African American51,09835.09%
Some Other Race22,93615.75%
Two or More Races7,0874.87%
Asian4,9453.40%
American Indian and Alaska Native6270.43%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander590.04%
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Bridgeport Population by Race

Bridgeport Population Pyramid $2021

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Bridgeport Median Age

34.3


Total

32.5


Male

36


Female

Bridgeport Adults

There are 111,968 adults, (16,526 of whom are seniors) in Bridgeport.

Bridgeport Age Dependency

52.6

Age Dependency Ratio

17.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

35.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Bridgeport Sex Ratio

Female

75,289

51.70%

Male

70,350

48.30%

Bridgeport Population by Age

Bridgeport Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Bridgeport Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married58.5%41.5%
All41.8%58.2%
Male38.3%61.7%
Non Family34.6%65.4%
Female31.2%68.8%

41.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Bridgeport Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All50,6382.7941.8
Non Family18,5721.2934.6
Married16,4693.6758.5
Female11,8763.6431.2
Male3,7213.638.3

3.5

Average Family Size

2.79

Average Household Size

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Bridgeport Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade11,80112.57%
9th to 12th Grade10,36711.04%
High School Graduate30,91232.92%
Some College17,31018.44%
Associates Degree5,8676.25%
Bachelors Degree11,01611.73%
Graduate Degree6,6227.05%
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Bridgeport Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Bridgeport Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic35,88222,2952,879
Black33,01127,3715,782
White21,51818,6867,179
Other Race13,4907,470802
2+ Races3,3662,717638
Asian3,2382,6431,378
Native American50121153
Islander595944

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 74.58%.

Bridgeport Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,199$35,466$27,077
Less Than 9th Grade$22,164$27,775$16,793
High School Graduate$29,301$34,248$23,115
Some College$32,650$39,913$30,017
Bachelors Degree$42,893$43,610$41,833
Graduate Degree$60,902$56,397$63,038

$31,199

Average Earnings

$35,466

Average Male

$27,077

Average Female

Bridgeport Earnings by Educational Attainment

Bridgeport Language by Age

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Bridgeport Language

51.19% of Bridgeport residents speak only English, while 48.81% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 33.90% of the population.

Bridgeport Language

Bridgeport Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic58,64316,95528.91%
Black49,8468,40916.87%
Other22,5937,22331.97%
White27,1684,45216.39%
Multiple6,9111,36619.77%
Asian4,7671,24726.16%
Native61925240.71%
Islander591525.42%

21.82%

Overall Poverty Rate

19.73%

Male Poverty Rate

23.76%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Bridgeport

The race most likely to be in poverty in Bridgeport is Native, with 40.71% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Bridgeport is White, with 16.39% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.01%. Among those working part-time, it was 24.26%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 33.14%.

Bridgeport Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade30.80%
High School17.07%
Some College13.25%
Bachelors or Greater8.94%

Bridgeport Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed44.81%
Male Unemployed32.15%
Female Employed11.47%
Male Employed8.57%

Bridgeport Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Bridgeport Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$46,662$64,103
Families$53,271$72,209
Married Families$71,031$91,252
Non Families$28,038$44,881
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Income by Household Type

Bridgeport Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

33.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

35.4%

Male Marriage Rate

30.9%

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 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Bridgeport Marital Status by Race

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Bridgeport Marital Status

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3,630

Number of Veterans

3,216

Male Veterans

414

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,129
Second Gulf War638
First Gulf War464
Korea316
World War II212

Bridgeport Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
75+987
55 to 64776
65 to 74758
35 to 54706
18 to 34403

Bridgeport Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White1,9564.08%
Black1,2673.24%
Hispanic9412.23%
Other Race1941.23%
2+ Races1192.72%
Asian852.02%
Native American91.70%

Bridgeport Veterans by Race

Bridgeport Veterans by Education

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6.94%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.64%

Veteran Disability Rate

Bridgeport Veterans by Education

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66.9%

Labor Force Participation

58.5%

Employment Rate

12.5%

Unemployment Rate

Bridgeport Employment by Age

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Bridgeport Employment by Race

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Bridgeport Employment by Education

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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43.28%

Born in Bridgeport

69.66%

Native Born

30.34%

Foreign Born

17.71%

Non Citizen

12.63%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

69.66% of Bridgeport residents were born in the United States, with 43.28% having been born in Connecticut. 17.71% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Bridgeport Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021143,653-373-0.26%
2020144,026-373-0.26%
2019144,399-373-0.26%
2018144,772-574-0.39%
2017145,346-941-0.64%
2016146,287-1,122-0.76%
2015147,409-461-0.31%
2014147,8701540.10%
2013147,7166200.42%
2012147,0969500.65%
2011146,1461,2820.88%
2010144,8645,3350.38%
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%

Bridgeport Population by Year