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The area was first settled in the 1640s, and the region first began to boom in the 19th century when it became a center for shipbuilding and whaling. Later during the rise of the industrial revolution, it became a center for manufacturing, housing a number of successful and highly respected factories. While the region suffered from the deindustrialization of the 1980s and 90s, in the last two decades the city has begun to grow again through a number of redevelopment projects. Organizations and builders have begun to convert many of the aging and dilapidated factories and other buildings into sleek modern new lofts. Along with these renovations, there has been a focus on developing a distinct art distract. In addition, the city's focus on industry has largely shifted to an economy based on service, centering more on education, finance and healthcare. The most prominent employers are the city's two primary hospital facilities.



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Located on the Long Island Sound and Pequonnock River in Fairfield County, Bridgeport is the most populated city in Connecticut and is the fifth biggest city in New England. The city provides a number of housing options and unique neighborhoods in its five major geographic areas including the East Side, Downtown, the South End, the North End and the Westside. Each location has a unique rich culture.
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