Bridgeport, Connecticut Population 2022

149,538
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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 149,538, it is the largest city in Connecticut and the 190th largest city in the United States. Bridgeport is currently growing at a rate of 0.30% annually and its population has increased by 0.59% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 148,654 in 2020. Spanning over 19 miles, Bridgeport has a population density of 9,309 people per square mile.

The average household income in Bridgeport is $64,103 with a poverty rate of 23.21%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,171 per month, and the median house value is $186,000. 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 Bridgeportwas:

  • 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 149,538 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 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

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

Bridgeport Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White55,21138.07%
Black or African American49,82734.36%
American Indian and Alaska Native7520.52%
Asian5,5533.83%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1240.09%
Some Other Race23,85016.45%
Two or More Races9,6976.69%
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Bridgeport Population by Race

Bridgeport Population Pyramid 2022

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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

Age Dependency Ratio

18.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

35.9

Child Dependency Ratio

Bridgeport Sex Ratio

Female

75,607

52.14%

Male

69,407

47.86%

Bridgeport Population by Age

Bridgeport Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Bridgeport Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married60.3%39.7%
All42.3%57.7%
Male38%62%
Non Family33.7%66.3%
Female32.4%67.6%

42.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Bridgeport Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All51,6382.7242.3
Married16,6313.6260.3
Male4,0383.4438
Female11,6033.6232.4
Non Family19,3661.2533.7

3.45

Average Family Size

2.72

Average Household Size

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Bridgeport Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade12,27613.08%
9th to 12th Grade10,11810.78%
High School Graduate30,02531.99%
Some College17,07718.20%
Associates Degree5,8746.26%
Bachelors Degree11,99112.78%
Graduate Degree6,4936.92%
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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
Islander12410250
White21,19518,5017,642
Asian3,5232,8091,244
Black32,05726,7525,898
2+ Races5,8424,593967
Native American52428055
Hispanic36,64222,6553,252
Other Race13,3577,276991

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 87.29%.

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

Bridgeport Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$33,217$37,268$29,456
Less Than 9th Grade$22,904$27,277$17,123
High School Graduate$30,741$36,392$22,900
Some College$35,246$38,962$31,992
Bachelors Degree$43,023$44,948$42,121
Graduate Degree$60,817$60,615$61,399

$33,217

Average Earnings

$37,268

Average Male

$29,456

Average Female

Bridgeport Earnings by Educational Attainment

Bridgeport Language by Age

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Bridgeport Language

51.70% of Bridgeport residents speak only English, while 48.30% 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

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Native74727436.68%
Hispanic60,15518,41430.61%
Asian5,4741,24722.78%
Multiple9,5631,84319.27%
Black48,6218,91618.34%
White25,8124,05015.69%
Other8,971NaN%

23.21%

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 Native, with 36.68% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Bridgeport is Other, with NaN% 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 25.60%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 35.98%.

Bridgeport Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade31.20%
High School18.63%
Some College15.56%
Bachelors or Greater8.46%

Bridgeport Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed9.15%
Male Unemployed30.58%
Female Employed12.13%
Female Unemployed43.84%

Bridgeport Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Bridgeport Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$47,484$64,887
Families$55,622$74,124
Married Families$71,987$89,435
Non Families$30,876$44,445
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Income by Household Type

Bridgeport Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

33.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

36.1%

Male Marriage Rate

30.5%

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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3,049

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War568
First Gulf War271
Vietnam970
Korea231
World War II88

Bridgeport Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 34358
35 to 54376
55 to 64938
65 to 74632
75+745

Bridgeport Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White1,3462.97%
Black1,2613.31%
Native American122.03%
Asian1182.64%
Other Race1530.97%
2+ Races1592.32%
Hispanic7661.78%

Bridgeport Veterans by Race

Bridgeport Veterans by Education

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7.87%

Veteran Poverty Rate

26.57%

Veteran Disability Rate

Bridgeport Veterans by Education

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66.6%

Labor Force Participation

58.9%

Employment Rate

11.5%

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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43.01%

Born in Bridgeport

70.16%

Native Born

29.84%

Foreign Born

16.75%

Non Citizen

13.09%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

70.16% of Bridgeport residents were born in the United States, with 43.01% having been born in Connecticut. 16.75% 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: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
18403,2940.00%
18506,0802,7866.32%
186012,1066,0267.13%
187018,9696,8634.59%
188027,6438,6743.84%
189048,86621,2235.86%
190070,99622,1303.81%
1910102,05431,0583.70%
1920143,55541,5013.47%
1930146,7163,1610.22%
1940147,1214050.03%
1950158,70911,5880.76%
1960156,748-1,961-0.12%
1970156,542-206-0.01%
1980142,546-13,996-0.93%
1990141,686-860-0.06%
2000139,529-2,157-0.15%
2010144,2294,7000.33%
2011144,6714420.31%
2012145,1134420.31%
2013145,5554420.30%
2014145,9974420.30%
2015146,4394420.30%
2016146,8814420.30%
2017147,3234420.30%
2018147,7654420.30%
2019148,2074420.30%
2020148,6544470.30%
2021149,0964420.30%
2022149,5384420.30%

Bridgeport Population by Year