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Living in Bridgeport, Connecticut:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Bridgeport, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked three people living in Bridgeport what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:


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If you’re moving to Bridgeport be informed it is an old north-eastern post-industrial small city. It was initially built up (its grid laid down) shortly after the American Civil War ended in 1865 In the late 19th century it became a significant arms manufacturing center with companies like Remington Arms located here. After about 1960 most of the manufacturing companies moved elsewhere leaving many of the local workers unemployed. Today Bridgeport is considered part of the American “rust-belt” of largely abandoned and decaying post industrial cities.

Thomas, says: 2023

Bridgeport is a big city. Rent is on the low side but It depends on what area you want. The east side has a lot of crime. As for jobs, your pay will depend on your position. Most jobs pay minimum wage or a little higher. Despite its drawbacks, I rather live here than in a big city such as New York. Bridgeport’s pace of life is slower.

Daniel, says: 2020

Bridgeport has a wonderful art scene for a city of its size and disposition. Housatonic Community college rotates many wonderful pieces of old and new art within its gallery and throughout the campus building. There is another gallery on Main street, and one around the corner on Golden Hill Avenue. One of the highlights of summer is the cities art crawls, in which people free to move between these three locations (and others) while enjoying music, food, wine, and other festivities.

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