Bridgeport, Pennsylvania

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Borough of Bridgeport
Borough
Bridgeport Borough Hall, MontCo PA 01.JPG
Bridgeport Borough Hall
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; -75.34306Coordinates: 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 and 484
Map of Bridgeport, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Highlighted.gif
Location of Bridgeport in Montgomery County
Bridgeport, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Bridgeport, Pennsylvania
Location of Bridgeport in Pennsylvania
Bridgeport, Pennsylvania is located in the US
Bridgeport, Pennsylvania
Location of Bridgeport in Pennsylvania
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]

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.[1]

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)
18
(64)
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)
7
(44)
Average 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)
1,163
(45.8)
Source: Weatherbase [2]

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%
Est. 2015 4,564 [3] 0.2%
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.

Government[edit]

Presidential elections results[7]
Year Republican Democratic
2016 34.2% 616 59.9% 1,080
2012 35.4% 593 62.1% 1,041
2008 35.4% 611 63.4% 1,093
2004 37.9% 606 61.6% 985
2000 37.8% 439 58.3% 678

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. Brendan Boyle), the 149th State House District (represented by Rep. Tim Briggs) and the 17th State Senate District (represented by Sen. Daylin Leach).

Education[edit]

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

Infrastructure[edit]

The Bridgeport Bridge is a Historic American Engineering Record-documented Philadelphia & Western Railway bridge spanning the Schulykill River west of DeKalb Street. It is a single-track curving structure that was built in 1912. The structure, including trestle approaches and spans over the river, has been believed to be "perhaps the longest bridge on an American interurban railroad".[8]

Notable people[edit]

Brad Scioli - former American football defensive end for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL).

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Climate Summary for Bridgeport, Pennsylvania
  2. ^ "Weatherbase.com". Weatherbase. 2013.  Retrieved on October 24, 2013.
  3. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 11 May 2015. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. 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. Archived from the original on 17 June 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Montgomery County Election Results". Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Retrieved January 16, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Philadelphia & Western Railway, Bridgeport Bridge, Spanning Schulykill River, west of DeKalb Street, Bridgeport, Montgomery County, PA". Library of Congress. 

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