Bridgeport, Connecticut

bridgeport1The most populous city in the state of Connecticut, Bridgeport is located on Long Island Sound. The most famous resident was P.T. Barnum who was once the mayor, and housed his circus in town during winters. Residents of Bridgeport have long recognized the need for public parks, thus earning it the nickname “Park City”. Population: As of 2011, Bridgeport’s population was 138,141 people.

Climate: Bridgeport receives 42 inches of rain per year, and snowfall of 27 inches. It has very warm and humid summers.

Cost of living: Relatively expensive for a retirement destination, the cost of living in Bridgeport is 27% greater than the national average.

Housing costs: The median home cost in Bridgeport is $180,000.

Colleges and Universities: The Institute for Learning in Retirement at Sacred Heart University’s Jewish Center for Community Services features classes that will be of interest to retirees in Bridgeport.

Transportation:,The Metro-North commuter line offers daily service to New York City, and regional service to other areas of Connecticut, and also serves as an Amtrak stop. Sikorsky Memorial Airport offers charter air service. Retirees will also appreciate the extensive public transportation system which links local bus service with the train station and the Bridgeport/Port Jefferson Ferry terminal.

Travel and tourism: The art scene is alive and well here, with hundreds of working artists, musicians, performers, and creative people calling Bridgeport home. Noted for its strong diversity and colorful history, Downtown Bridgeport offers an eclectic variety of arts, entertainment and dining.

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