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Welcome to Bridgeport

Fairfield County Connecticut

Population: 141,614
Area: 16 Square Miles
Government: Mayor
Distance:
Boston: 157 miles
Hartford: 58 miles
New York City: 66 miles

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Bridgeport, CT is Connecticut's largest city, and is a major banking and transportation hub between New York and Boston.  Bridgeport is home to the minor league baseball team the Bridgeport Bluefish, as well as to the Arena at Harbor Yard which hosts major concerts, touring shows and conventions.  The city is connected to New York City by Amtrak passenger rail with service to Washington DC and Boston and by Metro-North commuter rail service.  Bridgeport is  located along Interstate 95 and the Route 8/Route 25 connectors.  You can cross the picturesque Long Island Sound, on the Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Ferry boat service for cars and people between Bridgeport and Long Island. 

The city is undergoing a multi-billion dollar makeover which will include large scale commercial, hotel, and luxury condo investments at the city's Steel Point development. The Bridgeport Real Estate market is diverse, ranging from multi-million dollar mansions in the city's Black Rock neighborhood to stately homes in  Brooklawn, historic homes in the North End, and apartments for rent used for student housing at the University of Bridgeport and Housatonic Community College. There are extraordinary Real Estate opportunities for both homeowners and investors in the newly revitalized city of Bridgeport.


Bridgeport History

Bridgeport was chartered as a city in 1836 and was originally part of the township Stratford. Bridgeport early years were marked by fishing and farming but the city's location on the scenic shores of Long Island Sound fostered a boom in shipbuilding and whaling in the mid-19th century, especially after the opening of a railroad to the city in 1840.  As the city rapidly industrialized in the late-19th century it became a manufacturing center.  Bridgeport has had many famous visitors, in 1860 Abraham Lincoln spoke to a crowd at the old Bridgeport City Hall, Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at the Klein Auditorium and President George W. Bush at McLevy hall in 2006.  The city is marked by its attachment to its famous resident, circus-promoter and once mayor P.T. Barnum who built three houses in the city, and housed his circus in town during winters.  The city was home to the Frisbie Pie Company and therefore it has been argued that Bridgeport is the birthplace of the frisbee. The city is also home to the first Subway Restaurant, opened in the North End section of the city in 1965.

Bridgeport Facts

Hospitals
Bridgeport Hospital 
St. Vincent's Hospital

Recreation
Bridgeport Bluefish Stadium (minor league baseball)
Arena at Harbor Yard
P.T. Barnum Museum
Downtown Cabaret Theatre
The Klein Memorial Auditorium
Playhouse on the Green
The Beardsley Zoo
Discovery Museum

Transportation
Sikorsky Airport (goes to major Hub Cities)
Amtrak and Metro North
A Ferry runs from Bridgeport across Long Island Sound to Port Jefferson, NY

Education:
30 Elementary Schools
Three Comprehensive High Schools
Two Alternative Programs
Inter-district Vocational Aquaculture School

College/Universities
University of Bridgeport
Housatonic Community College

Bridgeport Links

City of Bridgeport Official Site