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Old 07-31-2016, 01:56 PM
 
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As the title suggests, interested in learning where the safest areas are in decent proximity to the University of Bridgeport. My husband, kids and I may be moving to Bridgeport in a few years and just trying to get a lay of the land now. Inexpensive doesn't hurt, either, but the main two considerations are a) safety and b) commute to the University of Bridgeport. Thanks!
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Old 07-31-2016, 04:33 PM
 
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You do not want to send your child to Bridgeport schools. They are very much under perform. In CT children go to school based upon what city or city district in which they live. If you live in Bridgeport, your kids go to school there. Thus, look outside of Bridgeport to live.

The town of Fairfield to the west would be an excellent choice, although it is pricey. Stratford, to the east, is also OK although it's schools, while decent, are not as high performing as Fairfield. Stratford, is more affordable.
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Old 08-01-2016, 08:19 AM
 
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As the title suggests, interested in learning where the safest areas are in decent proximity to the University of Bridgeport. My husband, kids and I may be moving to Bridgeport in a few years and just trying to get a lay of the land now. Inexpensive doesn't hurt, either, but the main two considerations are a) safety and b) commute to the University of Bridgeport. Thanks!
Bridgeport is small to medium size Connecticut city on coast line with population of over 140,000 residents. The city is located on eastern edge of Fairfield County. Bridgeport has seen better days than past but still struggling city. 80% of Bridgeport schools are under performing schools some are among worst in the state due to low test scores and urban issues. Fairfield schools are better choice if you have kids but it pricey town eastern part of town is cheaper but still pricey around $375,000 to $620,000 for homes. Stratford is cheaper than Fairfield but schools are average there compare to Fairfield. Trumbull is cheaper than Fairfield schools is almost on Fairfield level. If you choose Stratford stay north of Barnum ave

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Old 08-01-2016, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Fairfield County CT
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As the title suggests, interested in learning where the safest areas are in decent proximity to the University of Bridgeport. My husband, kids and I may be moving to Bridgeport in a few years and just trying to get a lay of the land now. Inexpensive doesn't hurt, either, but the main two considerations are a) safety and b) commute to the University of Bridgeport. Thanks!
The area in and around the southern portion of Trumbull (and northern Fairfield) near Park avenue would be good. You can take Park Avenue right down into the university. The commute would be very good as you would by pass the very busy Parkway and I-95. The schools in Trumbull and Fairfield are excellent. My brother lived on Park Avenue on the border of Bridgeport/Fairfield when he went to the university.
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Old 08-01-2016, 10:36 AM
 
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Bridgeport is an easy place to commute to. Even from the more expensive southern direction it would be a reverse commute.
You have pretty much pick of the litter of surrounding towns to consider.
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Old 08-01-2016, 12:50 PM
 
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I think the OP needs to provide us with more information like what their budget would, what they expect for that budget and the type of community (rural, suburban or urban) they would like to live in. They need to keep in mind that they are moving to one of the more expensive parts of the country so homes that are less expensive are so for a good reason.

Bridgeport is Connecticut's largest city. As was noted it has about 140,000 residents but is the dense urban core for a metropolitan area of about a million people. Surrounding the city are independent towns that make up the suburbs. Depending which town you select, you can get more moderately priced housing or very pricey housing.

Fairfield is a wonderful affluent and expensive town to the west of Bridgeport. The schools are excellent and it offers a wide range of housing types from modest apartments to estates. Fairfield is suburban in character but does have a section, Greenfield Hill, that is more rural feeling with minimum 2 acre zoning.

Northwest of Bridgeport is Easton which is more rural in character with most of the town having minimum 3 acre lots. The part that isn't 3 acre is one acre minimum and there is really VERY little commercial development there. There is one general store, a restaurant and a farmstand in three separate sections of town. Easton is very affluent and has excellent schools.

North of Bridgeport is the suburban town of Trumbull. It is mostly middle class to upper middle class in character. It has very good schools, a nice town center and is home to the areas major regional mall. It is slightly less expensive than Fairfield or Easton.

o the northeast of Bridgeport is Shelton which is an old mill town that has become home to many modern offices, a few shopping centers and condo and housing developments. It offers a wide range of housing including modest older apartments in 2 family homes, luxury low and high rise apartments, single family homes and just about everything in between. Schools tend to be decent but mixed.

To the east of Bridgeport is Stratford, a working and middle class town with okay schools and a wide range of housing. The town has some issues relating to urban problems spilling over from neighboring Bridgeport but generally it is a safe town that is affordable by Fairfield County standards. I hope this helps. Jay
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