Bridgeport is the Park City. It’s also been called the Circus City thanks to P.T. Barnum. What, you thought it was called Circus City because of its politics? Well, add “Overlooked Dream City” to the list. The financial consumer website GoodCall recently ranked Bridgeport number 62 out of 461 U.S. cities with populations under 300,000, factoring cost of living, crime rate, walkability, dining, entertainment and recreation amenities.
Bridgeport features a bunch of cool parks, Seaside, Beardsley (and state’s only zoo too), Ellsworth, Saints, The Wheel, among them.
GoodCall analysts reviewed data from 461 cities in the U.S. Cities were ranked based on five metrics:
– Cost of Living: Data from Sperling’s Bestplaces.com cost of living index accounted for 30% of the total score. The number represents an area’s cost of living as a percentage of the national average.
– Crime rate: The number of violent and property crimes per 1,000 residents, from the FBI 2015 city data. Those without city-level data were excluded. Crime rate made up 30% of the final score.
– Walk Score: Data from walkscore.com in 2017 for cities. The score indicates how easy it is to complete typical errands without a car. This accounted for 30% of the score.
– Dining Amenities: The number of food and drinking places per 1,000 residents from the 2012 Geographic Area Series for economic places from the U.S. Census Bureau. This accounted for 5%.
– Entertainment and Recreation Amenities: The number of arts, entertainment and recreation venues per 1,000 residents from the 2012 Geographic Area Series for economic places from the U.S. Census Bureau. That rate made up 5% of the total score.