Bridgeport, Illinois

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This article is about the Lawrence County city. For the Chicago community area, see Bridgeport, Chicago.
Country United States
State Illinois
County Lawrence
Coordinates 38°42′36″N 87°45′31″W / 38.71000°N 87.75861°W / 38.71000; -87.75861Coordinates: 38°42′36″N 87°45′31″W / 38.71000°N 87.75861°W / 38.71000; -87.75861
Area 1.07 sq mi (3 km2)
 - land 1.05 sq mi (3 km2)
 - water 0.02 sq mi (0 km2)
Population 2,168 (2000)
Density 2,024.0 / sq mi (781 / km2)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 62417
Area code 618
Location of Bridgeport within Illinois
Location of Bridgeport within Illinois
Wikimedia Commons: Bridgeport, Illinois

Bridgeport is a city in Lawrence County, Illinois, United States. The population was 2,168 at the 2000 census.


Bridgeport is located att 38°42′36″N 87°45′31″W / 38.71000°N 87.75861°W / 38.71000; -87.75861 (38.710006, -87.758573).[1]

According to the 2010 census, the city has a total area of 1.07 square miles (2.8 km2), of which 1.05 square miles (2.7 km2) (or 98.13%) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.052 km2) (or 1.87%) is water.[2]


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 2,168 people, 871 households, and 585 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,024.0 people per square mile (782.3/km²). There were 964 housing units at an average density of 900.0 per square mile (347.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.52% White, 0.46% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.05% from other races, and 0.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.37% of the population.

There were 871 households out of which 32.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.1% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.8% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.8% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 18.9% from 45 to 64, and 18.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 88.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,635, and the median income for a family was $33,333. Males had a median income of $27,235 versus $16,660 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,960. About 13.0% of families and 17.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.6% of those under age 18 and 13.9% of those age 65 or over.


The Red Hill Jr High School Lady Salukis 2008 Softball team went to the Illinois state championship and placed second.[4]

In 1960 Bridgeport High School had a total school enrollment of only 385. That year the boys team advanced to the State of Illinois IHSA basketball tournament finals to face a much larger Chicago team, John Marshall. At the time Illinois, like Indiana in the movie "Hoosiers", held a single-class tournament where all schools competed for the same championship. Chicago Marshall's enrollment was listed at 2,333, more than six times that of Bridgeport. Unlike the Indiana team in "Hoosiers", Bridgeport lost the championship game, finishing its season with a 33-2 record.[5]

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