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.
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.
The city possesses a diverse population of residents throughout its five geographical areas, and there are a number of interesting cultural activities in the city. There are a variety of theater and music venues that host live events including the Downtown Cabaret Theater, the Playhouse on the Green, the Klein Memorial Auditorium and the Webster Bank Arena. The city also hosts a vast amount of prominent as well as small music festivals. Most significantly Bridgeport is the annual location for the Gathering of the Vibes, an extensive weekend event and is the home to the renowned Bridgeport Symphony, a historical fixture in the region for decades. There is also an interesting selection of museums including the Discovery Museum and Planetarium, Housatonic Museum of Art, and the Barnum Museum. The city also houses an extensive zoo. The public school system includes three High Schools and 30 elementary schools along with a vocational school. There are a number of private schools available, and several colleges and universities are located in the region. The city stays fairly mild in the summer with July highs averaging 74 degrees. However, winters can be cool with lows averaging 30 degrees in January. With a rich and growing culture, Bridgeport is an excellent spot to call home.