MetroCog creates and maintains demographic, economic, land use, and transportation information about the Greater Bridgeport region.

Population Trends

Today, the region has an estimated population of 304,300, a decline of 1.1% over the 2000 Census population of 307,600 residents. Based on the most recent population estimates, a modest increase in population is being projected for the region from 2010 to 2040.

Regional Population Trends, Past + Projected

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These projections continue trends observed between 1980 and 2010, with the largest increases for Easton and Monroe, small increases for and Fairfield and Stratford. Bridgeport’s population is expected to grow by about 4.3% by 2040 and reflects an effort to expand housing opportunities in the downtown area.

By 2040, the population of the region is expected to increase 5.4% over year 2010 levels and reach about 329,500 persons. Easton is projected to remain the fastest growing community, with a 27.9% growth rate and a 2040 population of 10,200.

Travel and Traffic Trends

The number of trips made to, from and within the region area each day is substantial, totaling nearly 1.2 million trips.

Although many transportation improvements focus on commuter trips, only about 28% of all trips are work-related. Non-commuting trips to or from the home account for about 57% of the total, while 17% occur outside of the home.

Despite the diversity the transportation system and the variety of modes available for use, the vast majority of travelers use their own vehicle. Overall, almost 97% of all trips involve the use of private vehicles and most of these are in the drive alone category. Only about 3% of all trips are made by a form of public transportation.

Although the region’s population is expected to grow slowly over the next 30 years, the number of jobs is expected to see a growth of over 22%. The combination of population and employment growth will result in an increase in travel. By 2040, total trips are expected to grow by about 13% over base year levels and exceed 1.3 million per day. Despite efforts to attract travelers to alternate modes of travel, public transit modes will continue to account for only about 3% of all trips.

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