Living In: Bridgeport


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Living in Bridgeport, Connecticut, offers residents a wide variety of different communities from which to choose; this is, after all, the largest city in the entire state, and the fifth largest municipality--behind only Boston, Worcester, Providence, and Springfield--in all of New England. Located in southwestern Connecticut in Fairfield County, right on the Pequonnock River and the Long Island Sound, Bridgeport is a large and diverse city with a long history of booms and (semi-) busts. Like many cities in the northeast, Bridgeport had a rough time during the deindustrialization of the 1970s and '80s. But with housing development on the rise--including the conversions of abandoned commercial buildings and industrial spaces into sought-after residences--currently it seems like Bridgeport is on a major upswing. Bridgeport is made up of some 70 distinct official districts and neighborhoods, including coveted West End communities such as Black Rock, Brooklawn, and St. Mary's-by-the-Sea, as well as much of the city's North End. Bridgeport has been called "Park City" and, in addition to waterfront areas and more than two dozen smaller public greenspaces, the city boasts two large parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted: Beardsley, located in the city's northeast corner and home to Connecticut's only zoo, as well as numerous other popular delights; and Seaside, located along the Long Island Sound in the South End, one of the city's prettiest neighborhoods. Seaside is Bridgeport's largest park, and offers residents numerous playing fields, ball courts and playgrounds as well as areas for fishing, a groomed beach for swimming, and a boat launch. Living in Bridgeport also means a visit to the Discovery Museum and Planetarium, which emphasizes the sciences. The P.T. Barnum Museum is another Bridgeport landmark, with a collection celebrating the city's most famous resident. Barnum's circus cohort Tom Thumb was also from Bridgeport.

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  • Barnum School
  • Beardsley School
  • Benjamin Franklin Education Center
  • Blackham School
  • Black Rock School
  • Blessed Sacrament School
  • Bridgeport Regional Vocational Aquaculture Cente
  • Central High School Magnet School
  • Columbus School
  • Cross School
  • Cunale School
  • Dunbar School
  • Dunigan School
  • East Side Middle School
  • Edison School
  • Garfield School
  • Hall Elementary School
  • Hallen School
  • Harding High School
  • High Horizons Magnet School
  • Holy Rosary School
  • Hooker School
  • Jefferson School
  • John Winthrop Middle School
  • Kolbe-Cathedral High School
  • Kolbe High School
  • Luis Munoz Marin School
  • Madison School
  • Maplewood Annex School
  • Maplewood Elementary School
  • Maplewood Junior High School
  • Mckinley Elementary School
  • Multicultural Magnet School
  • Nathan Hale School
  • Newfield Junior High School
  • Notre Dame High School
  • Park City Magnet School
  • Read Middle School
  • Roosevelt School
  • Sacred Heart School
  • Saint Ambrose School
  • Saint Andrews School
  • Saint Anns School
  • Saint Augustine School
  • Saint Charles School
  • Saint Josephs School
  • Saint Michaels School
  • Saint Peters School
  • Saint Raphael School
  • Saint Stephens School
  • Shelton School
  • Sheridan School
  • University School
  • Webster School
  • Wheeler School
  • Whittier Elementary School
  • Woodrow Wilson School

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