Bridgeport, Pennsylvania

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Coordinates: 40°06′14″N 75°20′35″W / 40.10389°N 75.34306°W / 40.10389; -75.34306
Borough of Bridgeport
Borough
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Montgomery
Elevation 108 ft (32.9 m)
Coordinates 40°06′14″N 75°20′35″W / 40.10389°N 75.34306°W / 40.10389; -75.34306
Area 0.8 sq mi (2.1 km2)
 - land 0.6 sq mi (2 km2)
 - water 0.1 sq mi (0 km2), 12.5%
Population 4,554 (2010)
Density 6,679.9 / sq mi (2,579.1 / km2)
Government Council-Manager
Mayor Ted Pruskowski
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP Code 19405
Area code 610
Location of Bridgeport in Montgomery County
Location of Bridgeport in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Website: http://www.boroughofbridgeport.com

Bridgeport is a borough in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 18 miles (29 km) north of Philadelphia on the Schuylkill River. The old-time industries were paper, flour, cotton, and woolen mills, steel works, brickyards, etc. Bridgeport is six miles (10 km) east of Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. In 1777, during the American Revolutionary War, General George Washington and the Continental Army passed through Bridgeport on their way to their winter encampment in Valley Forge. 3,097 people lived in Bridgeport in 1900; 3,860 in 1910; and 5,904 in 1940. The population was 4,554 at the 2010 census.

Geography[edit]

Bridgeport is located at 40°6′14″N 75°20′35″W / 40.10389°N 75.34306°W / 40.10389; -75.34306 (40.103875, -75.343188)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2), of which 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (13.33%) is water.

Climate[edit]

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Bridgeport has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[2]

Climate data for Bridgeport, Pennsylvania
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 4
(39)
6
(42)
11
(51)
17
(63)
23
(74)
28
(83)
31
(87)
29
(85)
26
(79)
19
(67)
13
(55)
7
(44)
17.8
(64.1)
Average low °C (°F) −6
(22)
−4
(25)
0
(32)
6
(42)
11
(51)
16
(61)
18
(65)
18
(64)
14
(57)
7
(45)
2
(36)
−3
(27)
6.6
(43.9)
Precipitation mm (inches) 81
(3.2)
80
(3)
99
(3.9)
99
(3.9)
97
(3.8)
91
(3.6)
112
(4.4)
109
(4.3)
109
(4.3)
89
(3.5)
100
(4)
99
(3.9)
1,165
(45.8)
Source: Weatherbase [3]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 568
1860 1,001 76.2%
1870 1,578 57.6%
1880 1,802 14.2%
1890 2,651 47.1%
1900 3,097 16.8%
1910 3,860 24.6%
1920 4,680 21.2%
1930 5,595 19.6%
1940 5,904 5.5%
1950 5,827 −1.3%
1960 5,306 −8.9%
1970 5,630 6.1%
1980 4,843 −14.0%
1990 4,292 −11.4%
2000 4,371 1.8%
2010 4,554 4.2%
Sources:[4][5][6]

As of the 2010 census, the borough was 79.8% White, 7.9% Black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 2.8% Asian, and 3.4% were two or more races. 12.8% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry [1].

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 4,371 people, 1,983 households, and 1,070 families residing in the borough. The population density was 6,679.9 people per square mile (2,596.4/km²). There were 2,088 housing units at an average density of 3,190.9 per square mile (1,240.3/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 91.44% White, 2.68% African American, 0.14% Native American, 2.43% Asian, 1.26% from other races, and 2.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.84% of the population.

There were 1,983 households out of which 22.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.1% were married couples living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 46.0% were non-families. 38.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the borough the population was spread out with 18.9% under the age of 18, 10.6% from 18 to 24, 34.3% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 15.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 98.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.1 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $36,899, and the median income for a family was $44,292. Males had a median income of $32,305 versus $27,523 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $19,420. About 5.4% of families and 7.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.7% of those under age 18 and 7.8% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Children in Bridgeport attend schools in the Upper Merion Area School District.

Politics and government[edit]

Bridgeport has a city manager form of government with a mayor and a nine-member borough council. The mayor is Thaddeus J. Pruskowski . Beginning in 2014, council will contract to seven members (2 from each ward and 1 a-large seat). This new council will have four democrats and three republicans, after the historic elections in November 2013.

The borough is part of the Thirteenth Congressional District (represented by Rep. Allyson Schwartz), the 149th State House District (represented by Rep. Tim Briggs) and the 17th State Senate District (represented by Sen. Daylin Leach).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ Climate Summary for Bridgeport, Pennsylvania
  3. ^ "Weatherbase.com". Weatherbase. 2013.  Retrieved on October 24, 2013.
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 

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