In September 1978, Bridgeport teachers went on a 19-day strike due to deadlocked contract negotiations.A court order, as well as a state law that made strikes by public workers illegal in Connecticut, resulted in 274 teachers being arrested and jailed.From 1870 to 1910, Bridgeport became the major industrial center of Connecticut and its population rose from around 25,000 to over 100,000, including thousands of Irish, Slovaks, Hungarians, Germans, English, and Italian immigrants.
Bridgeport was inhabited by the Paugussett Indian tribe at the time of its English colonization.
The English farming community became a center of trade, shipbuilding, and whaling.
A village called Newfield began to develop around the corner of State and Water streets in the 1760s.
By the time of the State of Connecticut's ratification of the American constitution in 1781, many of the local farmers held shares in vessels trading at Newfield Harbor or had begun trading in their own name.
Newfield initially expanded around the coasting trade with Boston, New York, and Baltimore and the international trade with the West Indies.
connecting Bridgeport to New York and the other towns along the north shore of the Long Island Sound.
The Greater Bridgeport area is the 48th-largest urban area in the United States.
Bridgeport had a population of 144,229 during the 2010 Census, It is bordered by the towns of Trumbull to the north, Fairfield to the west, and Stratford to the east.
Around the time of the First World War, Bridgeport was also producing steam-fitting and heating apparatuses, brass goods, phonographs, typewriters, The First World War continued the city's expansion so that, on the eve of the Great Depression, there were more than 500 factories in Bridgeport, including Columbia Records' primary pressing plant.
The build-up to World War II helped its recovery in the late 1930s.
In the 21st century, conversion of office and factory buildings to residential use, and other redevelopment is attracting new residents.