Get to Know Bridgeport, CT Before Your Move
As you plan your move to Bridgeport, it’s important to get to know the culture of the city, as it will make your transition easier. Greater Bridgeport is located along Long Island Sound at the mouth of the Pequannock River, named for the Native American tribe who historically lived along it. The area offers a wealth of attractions: majestic shoreline parks, fascinating museums, regional baseball, hockey, and festivals and national musical acts and performances.
Bridgeport is home to more than 144,000 residents, 1,300 acres of public land for parks, 13 officially delineated neighborhoods across 16 square miles of land. Bridgeport has a very diverse workforce, unparalleled access to transportation options, beautiful streets and parks within close proximity of the powerhouse Northeastern market.
Those moving to Bridgeport should know the city is only approximately 30 miles from Manhattan, and Stamford is in the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk Metro area which are all a part of the Greater New York metropolitan area. Commuter trains come into Stamford from all points between New London to the east and New York (Grand Central Terminal) to the south. Many express (non-stop) trains leave Stamford each morning and evening for Grand Central. Stamford is home to four Fortune 500 Companies, nine Fortune 1000 Companies, and 13 Courant 100 Companies, as well as numerous divisions of large corporations. This gives Stamford the largest financial district in New York Metro outside New York City itself and one of the largest concentrations of corporations in the nation.
If you’re looking to start your business or jumpstart its growth after your move, then take a look at Greater Bridgeport. Major manufacturers, technology and health care companies have located here to take advantage of many assets.
The showman P.T. Barnum was a resident of Bridgeport and served as the town's mayor in the late 19th century. Barnum built four houses in Bridgeport, and housed his circus in town during winter. The first Subway restaurant opened in the North End section of the city in 1965. The Frisbie Pie Company was located here, and Bridgeport is credited as the birthplace of the Frisbee.