The medium-sized city of Bridgeport, Connecticut is home to approximately 148,000 residents. The city's residents, with an average age of just under 36, are decidedly younger than most cities in Connecticut, ranking as the 10th-youngest municipality in the state. Homeowners tend to be in the minority in the city, and 58% of residents are renters. At $1,146/month, the average rent is roughly the same as the state average.
There are three primary industries in Bridgeport: healthcare, retail, and entertainment. Together, these industries account for 21% of the city's workforce. Meanwhile, looking at job function, 5% of residents work in sales, making it the top profession in the city. With an average annual income of around $60,000, Bridgeport workers earn less than their peers elsewhere in the state. The city's average income also trails the national average ($73,345). Bridgeport has a relatively large number of residents over the age of 25 with a high school degree or GED (21%) compared to the national average. In addition, 12% possess a Bachelor's, Master's, Professional, or Doctoral degree.
With an average commute time of about 31 minutes, slower than most cities in the state, Bridgeport residents are well aware that it takes some patience traveling to work. Many residents (36%) drive their car or truck to work, while public transit is used by only 5% of the city. Walking (2%) isn't a common method of commuting to work, though the number exceeds the national average.