Bridgeport Connecticut - 3rd Richest City In America

Where Is Bridgeport?

Bridgeport and the market area called Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk has developed and improved so much since the 2000s that by 2013, it became part of the Third Richest Metro Area of the United States. It did this with an average household income of over $77,000 per year.

Certainly, not every local household is rich, but enormous progress began in the local Renaissance Area in the late 2000s. While many drivers on the highway bypassed Bridgeport previously, thinking that there was nothing there, development took place with surprising strength and speed. Now, the metro area attracts more business and visitors.

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Bridgeport Metro Area Is a Thriving Business Corridor.

100,000+ jobs were listed in and near the corridor during November 2015.

Bridgeport Metro Area Is a Thriving Business Corridor

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Connecticut Renaissance: Bridgeport Revitalization

MISSION: To expand and diversify behavioral health, criminal justice, and research services for adults, adolescents, and families in Connecticut, leading to a positive outcome for the community at large.

Connecticut Renaissance programs have increased the quality of life in its Headquarters City of Bridgeport and all of the state of Connecticut.

With the contribution of these programs, violent crime declined in Bridgeport from 2001 - 2009, as shown below, facilitating the ability to draw new jobs and residents to the metro area from 2008 - 2016.

The following comparison of city and county records of violent crimes in Bridgeport shows a decline in this type of criminal activity from 2001 through the end of 2006. Anti-crime programs and a planned and implemented revitalization program have been successful, with increased success on the horizon.

Many of the successful anti-crime programs showed the most positive outcomes in 2005 - 2006. The trend towards improvement continued throughout the 2010s.

Reductions in Violent Crime from 2001 to 2007.

  • Murder:as high as 28 in 2006, reduced to 12 - down 25%.
  • Forcible Rape:69 reduced to 42 - down over 30%.
  • Robbery: 608 reduced to 284 - cut by over half.
  • Aggravated Assault: 1217 reduced to 332 - down to almost a third.
  • Burglary:as high as 1401, reduced to 630 - cut by half.
  • Larceny or Theft: as high as 4400, reduced to 1,892 - cut by over half.
  • Car Theft:1,204 reduced to 539 - cut to over half.
  • Arson: 161 reduced to 0 in 2006, increased 2007 - 2008 and decreased to 42 in 2009..

Connecticut Renaissance offers the following effective programs , separately and significantly for adult and adolescent populations of diver people, for combating crime and increasing the quality of life in Bridgeport:

  • Impaired Drivers and Drug Education Programs
  • Multiple Offender Program
  • Residential Treatment
  • Outpatient Programs
  • Community Release - Education and Life Skills for former prisoners re-entering society. This program reduces recidivism by effectively addressing de-institutionalization, regulations, client goals, vocational and educational opportunities, individual and group therapy, 12 step programs, AIDS education, basic health, recreational therapy, and family systems re-establishment. An additional 90-120 days programming ensures that each client has employment at a living wage in a Work Release and Follow-Up environment, along with appropriate sustainable housing.

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Renaissance Bridgeport

  • Ground Work Bridgeport - The Park City -- Revitalization through community landscaping, public gardens, parks, recreational activities amd community building is ongoing and making Bridgeport a city that people are moving into instead of "out of."

Renaissance For Youth and Families of Bridgeport

  • Individual, Couples and Family Counseling
  • Our School Violence Prevention Program
  • Aggression Replacement Therapy (ART)
  • The FSATS (Family Substance Abuse Service) program
  • The ACT (Adolescent Clinical Treatment) program
  • The JRRC (Juvenile Risk Reduction Center) program

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Colleges and Universities

Top Hiring Companies

  1. Yale University
  2. Schneider National
  3. Stony Brook University
  4. US Air Force
  5. Boehringer Ingelheim
  6. General Electric and GE Energy
  7. Brookhaven National Laboratory
  8. Alpine Access
  9. Bridgeport Hospital - See information below.
  10. Kelly Engineering Division
  11. Jewish Home for the Elderly
  12. United Technologies

Bridgeport Hospital - Employment and Training

Bridgeport Hospital: Educational Programs

  1. School of Nursing

  2. Nurse Anesthesia Program

  3. Graduate Medical Education:

  • Internal Medicine
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Cardiology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Pulmonary
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Pediatrics
  • General Surgery
  • Emergency Medicine

EMPLOYMENT

Top 5 Large Employers

  1. Peoples Bank
  2. St. Vincent Medical Center
  3. Bridgeport Hospital - See above information.
  4. City of Bridgeport
  5. University of Bridgeport

Top 10 Jobs in Bridgeport through 2018: Increases 2010 - 2015

In December 2010, 32,000+ jobs were available in the Greater Bridgeport Area, largely in healthcare and technical positions. This number increased yearly to over 57,000 jobs advertised in late Summer 2014 and over 100,000 jobs in November/December 2015.

The Highest Demand jobs in the Bridgeport-Stamford area include numerous openings in industries of Healthcare, Education, Finance, and Insurance.

Thousands of jobs in new positions and those left by retiring Baby Boomers are available through at least 2014, increasing as the metroplex grows and develops positively each year.

Salaries in all of these jobs are high and require some training beyond high school. Not the Number One Job in this list - Registered Nurses - does not require a 4-year degrees, and hospitals often offer a tuition reimbursement plan. TRAVEL NURSING is also very lucrative, offering up to one full year of paid rent/mortgage on top of all of the other benefits.

Top 10 Jobs in Forecast for Bridgeport and Fairfield County, with Average Wage

  1. Registered Nurses $63,000+
  2. Accountants and Auditors $67,235
  3. General and Operations Managers $121,898
  4. Elementary School Teachers, (not Special Ed) $57,165
  5. Secondary School Teachers (Not Special and Vocational Ed) $58,207
  6. Middle School Teachers (Not Special and Vocational Ed) $57,594
  7. Computer Software Engineers $82,000
  8. Computer Systems Analysts $75,608
  9. Management Analysts $80,00
  10. Financial Managers $111,000

Top Jobs Numbered 11 - 20 in Most Openings Forecast, with Average Wage

  • Securities, Commodities, & Financial Services Sales Agents $133,337
  • Insurance Sales Agents $68K
  • Computer Support Specialists $50K
  • Financial Analysts $90K
  • Computer Programmers $75K
  • Mechanical Engineers $70K
  • Rehabilitation Counselors $36K
  • Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts $68K
  • Sales Managers $115K
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators $70K

Additional High-Demand Employment, with Approximate Average Wage

  • Computer and Information Systems Managers $109K
  • Child, Family, and School Social Workers $55K
  • Market Research Analysts $74K
  • Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software $85K
  • Medical and Health Services Managers $94K
  • Educational, Vocational, and School Counselors $55K
  • Physical Therapists $70K
  • Loan Officers $80K
  • Industrial Engineers $70K
  • Social and Community Service Managers $60K
  • Employment, Recruitment, and Placement Specialists $60K
  • Personal Financial Advisors $90K
  • Aerospace Engineers $75K

Highest Demand Jobs In the Metro Area 2015 - 2016

  1. Dentists
  2. Dental Assistants
  3. Salespeople
  4. IT Engineers
  5. Physical Therapists
  6. Physician Assistants
  7. Physicians and Psychiatrists
  8. Truck Drivers and Owner Operators
  9. RNs - Registered Nurses
  10. Pharmacy Technicians

Additional In-Demand Jobs:

  1. Engineers
  2. Nurse Practitioners
  3. Scientists
  4. Occupational Therapists - Increased demand in September, 2012.
  5. Research Assistants

Over 64,200 Jobs Available in August 2014

Jobs advertised increased in September 2012 to 38,000 jobs, for a 6% increase over January 2012.

Job listings began to increase for Bridgeport in March 2011 and have continued to increase gradually.

While the Top Hiring Companies are the same, the highest demand jobs are:

  1. Engineers - High Paid positions.
  2. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  3. Truck Drivers - CDL
  4. Sports Merchandising Jobs
  5. Postdoctoral Associates
  6. Dental Assistants
  7. Physical and Occupational Therapists
  8. Sales Representatives
  9. General Dentists
  10. Store Managers and Assistant Managers

Bridgeport Community Success

Bridgeport is considered by many of its residents and workforce professionals such as myself as one of the Best Medium-Sized Cities in America for mid-level careerists and working families raising children. This is true for a number of reasons.

The median income in Bridgeport is in the mid-$40K range, just above that in Atlanta, Georgia, which is the top city for American jobs and business on the published lists of several financial and business entities. Bridgeport has been revitalizing for some time, since the late 20th century, and will continue to do so. The Renaissance Center portrayed at the top of this article is just one example of the expansion making this metropolitan area vital.

Bridgeport offers a large segment of affordable housing in good shape and is the home to many individuals that commute to nearby New York City and surrounding areas for work. In fact, Bridgeport is considered part of the Greater New York City LMA (labor market area) as well as the Bridgeport-Stamford Metropolitan Area. Bridgeport also contains upscale housing, appropriate for mid-level careerists as they progress in their occupations and businesses.

PROGRESSIVE ATMOSPHERE

An industrial city in the first half of the 20th century, Bridgeport declined after World War II, plagued with urban blight as many of its 500+ factories closed. However its rebirth in the late 20th and early 21st centuries created an increasingly sophisticated urban cultural and arts center as well as an affordable bedroom community for NYC. This reconstruction and revitalization is true of medium-sized cities across the nation.

The political climate and city government operation have facilitated the rebirth of Bridgeport. The adults registered to vote in town form an overwhelming majority of Democrats - over 35,000 compared to about 8,000 Republicans, with far lesser numbers scattered sparsely among a very few other parties. This is about a 4.4 to 1 proportion in favor of Democrat-ic principals and pursuits, although not all agree with all the party policies and recommendations, just as is true in any group.

HIGH QUALITY OPPORTUNITIES

Because of this Democrat majority, the city tends to favor advances in Green Industries and green collar jobs, green urban projects, clean renewable energy, aquaculture, public transportation, and greater numbers of jobs and more jobs at a living wage [enough to live with adequate food, shelter, clothing, transportation, childcare, and heath care]. The city is in favor of usable education, youth programming that enhances academic achievement and workplace skills development, the arts, and other programs and projects for the common good. The school system includes charter schools and magnet schools in order to produce success for the greatest number of students.

Two excellent universities are located in Bridgeport - one specializing in medical and healthcare education and careers in partnership with the town's two major hospitals - along with high schools dedicated as Magnet Schools to majors in Business, Healthcare, Aquaculture, Vocational Certification, International Business and Culture, and other industries. Abundant training and employment opportunities are available in Bridgeport.

FACTS

At 144,890 individuals in 2007 and growing at 0.5% per yer, Bridgeport is the largest populated city in Connecticut, the County Seat of Fairfield County (population nearly 1 million), and the 5rd largest city in New England. This creates a larger number of employment opportunities than in much of the rest of Northeast United States.

Situated on the Pequonnock River and Long Island Sound within short distances of Hartford and Stamford, Bridgeport is close to New York City (53 miles) without the crowding and freneticism inherent to big cities. Located on waterways, the city experiences shipping and recreational water activities that add to business opportunities. Bridgeport-Stamford is an official US Labor Market Area (LMA) and considered part of the larger NYC Metroplex when examining employment and housing.

Many workers commute to Bridgeport for the more affordable, medium-range cost housing that is high quality, although upscale housing is also available. This range of housing makes Bridgeport ideal for Mid-Level Professionals and families with children in which parents have successful careers. .

DEMOGRAPHICS

  • Caucasian 46%
  • Black 29%
  • Multi-Race 19.7%
  • Asian 4.3%
  • Native American 1%

Note: Hispanics = 56,278, in all race categories combined = 38.8%

Approximately 40% of Fairfield County residents are between 21 - 49 years old.

An old settlement in Colonial America, Bridgeport was actually not incorporated until 1821. However, it is steeped in traditions as old as The 13 Colonies and the Native American Nations, some of which are active in business in the region.

TRIVIA

  • The city has also been home to circus icons P.T. Barnum and Tom Thumb. In fact, P.T. Barnum was once mayor of Bridgeport and Barnum and Tom Thumb are buried in the city today.
  • The Garbage Museum, found in the links column, is a most interesting place to visit. The photo included is of a dinosaur made completely from discarded materials.
  • Several large-scale music festivals, including VIBES and those delightfully dedicated to Black Rock and Roll are held yearly in Bridgeport, with several popular vocal groups based in the city.

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Home of the Leonardo Challenge for design arts and children's artistic creations based in Leonardo DaVinci's Notebooks. Exhibitions on inventions and change.

Bridgeport has two famous parks - Harbor Park and Seaside Park. PT Barnum was instrumental in developing Seasside and this page discusses its history.

Theater in Bridgeport

  • Downtown Cabaret Theatre - Non-profit musicals and other events for adults and kids.
  • Playhouse on the Green - Center of Downtown, also maintains an art gallery. 177 State St #202, Bridgeport, CT 06604.
  • Klein Memorial Auditorium - (203) 576-8115
  • Concerts at Harbor Yard

Discovery Park

International Drum and Bugle Corps Competition

Kidsgrove Scouts from Kidsgrove, Staffordshire, England . 2012 finals.

Connecticut Hurricanes - An ALL-AGES Drum and Bugle Corps

Sports in Bridgeport

Univ. of Connecticut Huskies

  • University Football

Bridgeport Sound Tigers

  • Hockey - AML: American Hockey League

Harbor Yard Ballpark

  • Bridgeport Bluefish minor league baseball

Curling

  • Connecticut Curlers Inc and Nutmeg Curling Ass. (203) 615-0077

LaCrosse

  • Bridgeport Barrage Professional LaCrosse

University of Bridgeport Wheeler Recreation Center

  • All sports open to the Community: Basketball, Cricket, Golf, Flag Football, Floor hockey, Soccer, Racquetball, Volleyball

Water Sports at U of Bridgeport

  • Lifeguard Training

  • CPR/First Aid

  • Water Safety

  • Swim Instructor Training

  • Water Aerobics

Other Sites

  • Yoga

Native American Business

While many of Native American Nations were forced back to the West in the 18th through 19th centuries, some remaines in the area of Bridgeport. today, they are aided by SBA Small Business Development Centers, as are Woman and other Minorities, to establish and maintain healthy businesses in and around Bridgeport.

Federally Recognized Tribes

  • Eastern Pequot Reservation

  • Golden Hill Paugussett

  • Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation - Richest group in the country.

  • The Mohegan Tribe

  • Paucatuck Eastern Pequot Tribe

  • Schaghticoke Tribal Nation

River Tribes or Nations

  • Tunxis, Poquonnuc, Podunk, Wangunk, Machimoodus, Hammonasset, Quinnipiac

Matabesec (Wappinger) Confederacy

  • Pootatuck, Weawaug, Unocwa, Siwanoy

Federally Non-Recognized Tribes

  • E. Pequots of Connecticut, Nipmuc Indian Bands, Paucatuck E. Pequots, Scaticook Bands

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solarshingles 8 years ago from london

Full of very real and useful info. Very nice, Thanks!


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amy jane 8 years ago from Connecticut

Patty, I am so embarassed that I was not aware of all the changes to Bridgeport! The only time I really go there these days is to take the kids to the zoo:) Around here, Stamford is known for being the "center" for finance and technology, and since that s my husband's area (and formerly mine) I never really gave Bridgeport a second glance. Thanks for the detailed information!


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Hi solarshingles! I am so glad you are enjoying this Hub. :)

Geetings, amy jane! - Many times a city just does not look like it has anything at all until we walk around and search for it. Who has the time most days?? Plus, advertising does not always get around effectively. Columbus Ohio has been that way until recently, since the Mayor has torn down so many old buildings and put up new residential and business sites. Please do not be embarrassed. And I did not even mention the zoo very much, but and zoo are my favorite places. 

I hope Bridgeport continues to progress and become an even safer place. St. Louis did some of the things planned and underway in Bridgeport. Much fun.

Best regards!!


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msms 8 years ago

I have never been to Bridgeport Connecticut, Patty Inglish, MS

But while reading your HUb I feel like being there.

You gave a detailed glimple of the City that it is from all angles. A panaromic view

Thanks Patty Inglish, MS


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Thank you very much msms, your encouragement is great!

I knew that Bridgeport is recommended by some residents and employment pros in blogs and on discussion boards, so I set about finding out why. I have a lot of respect for the progress the town has made, along the same lins as Cols OH and look forward to more and more good things from them.

Patty


msmari 8 years ago

thank you soo much! i am thinking of sending my daughter to the university of bridgeport but all i could find was old outdated negative information about the university and city....so thanks.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

msmari - thanks so much for this encouraging word! I had a wonderful time finding all the updatas and positive facts about Bridgeport. It's realing climbing up in the world.


timothy  6 years ago

l looking to see how bridgeport ct look like in the year 1950 to 1999


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Something to think about..real good hub!:)


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