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Bridgeport is the largest city in Connecticut and the 5th-largest in New England. Located in Fairfield County at the mouth of the Pequonnock River, the city had a population of 144,229 as of 2010. The Greater Bridgeport area is the 48th-largest urban area in the United States and forms part of the greater NYC Area.
Bridgeport was inhabited by the Paugussett Indian tribe in the time of British colonization. The English farming community became a hub for trade, shipbuilding, and whaling. The town incorporated itself and rapidly industrialized following its connection to New York and New Haven via a new subsidized railroad line. Manufacturing was the central aspect of the local economy until the '70s. In the 21st century, conversion of office and factory buildings to residential use and other redevelopment is attracting new residents.
P.T. Barnum was a resident of the city and was the town's mayor in the late 1800s. Barnum built four houses in Bridgeport, and housed his circus there in the off-season. The first Subway restaurant opened in the city in 1965, and the Frisbie Pie Company was located here. Bridgeport is widely accepted as the birthplace of the Frisbee.