Bridgeport, Connecticut Population 2023

149,980

Bridgeport is a city located in Fairfield County Connecticut. It is also the county seat of Fairfield County. With a 2023 population of 149,980, it is the largest city in Connecticut and the 190th largest city in the United States.Bridgeport is currently growing at a rate of 0.3% annually and its population has increased by 0.89% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 148,654 in 2020. Spanning over 19 miles, Bridgeport has a population density of 9,336 people per square mile.

The average household income in Bridgeport is $64,103 with a poverty rate of 27.97%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Bridgeport is 34.6 years, 33 years for males, and 36.4 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: 38.07%
  • Black or African American: 34.36%
  • Other race: 16.45%
  • Two or more races: 6.69%
  • Asian: 3.83%
  • Native American: 0.52%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.09%
The current population of Bridgeport, Connecticut is 149,980 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 148,654.

Bridgeport, Connecticut Population 2023

Bridgeport Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

White

Black or African American

Other race

Two or more races

Asian

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Bridgeport Population by Race

Bridgeport Population Pyramid 2023

Bridgeport Median Age

34.6

Total

33

Male

36.4

Female

Bridgeport Adults

There are 111,253 adults, (17,097 of whom are seniors) in Bridgeport.

Bridgeport Age Dependency

54

Age Dependency Ratio

18.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

35.9

Child Dependency Ratio

Bridgeport Sex Ratio

Female75,60752.14%
Male69,40747.86%

Bridgeport Population by Age

Bridgeport Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

3.45

Average Family Size

2.72

Average Household Size

42.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Bridgeport Households and Families

Male

Female

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Bridgeport Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Bridgeport Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 82.26%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 40.32%.

Bridgeport Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

$33,217

Average Earnings

$37,268

Average Male

$29,456

Average Female

Bridgeport Earnings by Educational Attainment

Bridgeport Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Bridgeport Language

51.7% of Bridgeport residents speak only English, while 48.3% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 33.83% of the population.

Bridgeport Language

Bridgeport Poverty by Race

rate

27.97%

Overall Poverty Rate

20.82%

Male Poverty Rate

25.39%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Bridgeport

The race most likely to be in poverty in Bridgeport is Other, with 52.21% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Bridgeport is White, with 15.7% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.12%. Among those working part-time, it was 25.6%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 35.98%.

Bridgeport Poverty

Bridgeport Poverty Rate by Education

Bridgeport Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Bridgeport Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Bridgeport Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

33.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

36.1%

Male Marriage Rate

30.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Bridgeport Married by Age and Sex

male

female

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

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Bridgeport Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

3,049

Number of Veterans

2,669

Male Veterans

380

Female Veterans

Bridgeport Veterans by War

Bridgeport Veterans by Age

count

Bridgeport Veterans by Race

Bridgeport Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

7.87%

Veteran Poverty Rate

26.57%

Veteran Disability Rate

Bridgeport Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

66.6%

Labor Force Participation

58.9%

Employment Rate

11.5%

Unemployment Rate

Bridgeport Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Bridgeport Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Bridgeport Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

41.96%

Born in Bridgeport

68.45%

Native Born

29.1%

Foreign Born

16.34%

Non Citizen

12.77%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

68.45% of Bridgeport residents were born in the United States, with 41.96% having been born in Connecticut. 16.34% 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

Note: data after 2020 is projected based on recent growth

Bridgeport Population by Year