Bridgeport, Ohio

Bridgeport is a village in Belmont County, Ohio, United States. It lies across the Ohio River from Wheeling, West Virginia, and is connected by two bridges to Wheeling Island. The population was 1,831 at the 2010 census.

Bridgeport, Ohio
Nickname(s): 
"Gateway to the West"
Location of Bridgeport, Ohio
Location of Bridgeport, Ohio
Location of Bridgeport in Belmont County
Location of Bridgeport in Belmont County
Coordinates: 40°4′20″N 80°44′37″W / 40.07222°N 80.74361°W / 40.07222; -80.74361Coordinates: 40°4′20″N 80°44′37″W / 40.07222°N 80.74361°W / 40.07222; -80.74361
CountryUnited States
StateOhio
CountyBelmont
TownshipPease
Government
 • TypeStatutory Village
 • MayorNorma Teasdale
Area
 • Total1.38 sq mi (3.56 km2)
 • Land1.37 sq mi (3.54 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation656 ft (200 m)
Population
 • Total1,831
 • Estimate 
(2019)[4]
1,728
 • Density1,265.01/sq mi (488.27/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
43912
Area code(s)740
FIPS code39-08560[5]
GNIS feature ID1064487[2]

HistoryEdit

 
Bridgeport and neighboring Wheeling in 1920

Bridgeport was originally known as Canton, and under the latter name was laid out in 1806 by Colonel Ebenezer Zane.[6] The present name is for a bridge constructed near the town site in the 1810s.[7]

GeographyEdit

Bridgeport is located at 40°4′20″N 80°44′37″W / 40.07222°N 80.74361°W / 40.07222; -80.74361 (40.072092, −80.743542),[8] along the Ohio River at the mouth of Wheeling Creek.[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.38 square miles (3.57 km2), of which 1.37 square miles (3.55 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.[10]

DemographicsEdit

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830169
184032994.7%
1860641
18701,17883.8%
18802,395103.3%
18903,36940.7%
19003,96317.6%
19103,9740.3%
19203,9770.1%
19304,65517.0%
19404,8534.3%
19504,309−11.2%
19603,824−11.3%
19703,001−21.5%
19802,642−12.0%
19902,318−12.3%
20002,186−5.7%
20101,831−16.2%
2019 (est.)1,728[4]−5.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]

2000 censusEdit

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 2,186 people, 973 households, and 586 families living in the village. The population density was 1,569.0 people per square mile (607.2/km2). There were 1,090 housing units at an average density of 782.3 per square mile (302.8/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 90.81% White, 7.55% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.55% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.50% of the population.

 
Wheeling Creek near its mouth in Bridgeport in 2006.

There were 973 households, out of which 26.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.0% were married couples living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.7% were non-families. 36.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 23.2% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 24.5% from 45 to 64, and 17.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.4 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $25,685, and the median income for a family was $33,231. Males had a median income of $24,156 versus $18,333 for females. The per capita income for the village was $14,723. About 11.5% of families and 16.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.1% of those under age 18 and 7.3% of those age 65 or over.

2010 censusEdit

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 1,831 people, 810 households, and 472 families living in the village. The population density was 1,336.5 inhabitants per square mile (516.0/km2). There were 943 housing units at an average density of 688.3 per square mile (265.8/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 89.7% White, 6.9% African American, 0.2% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 3.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.2% of the population.

There were 810 households, of which 25.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.2% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.7% were non-families. 35.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.91.

The median age in the village was 43.3 years. 19.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.5% were from 25 to 44; 30.7% were from 45 to 64; and 17.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 48.8% male and 51.2% female.

ClimateEdit

Climate data for Bridgeport, Ohio
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 73
(23)
78
(26)
84
(29)
90
(32)
92
(33)
98
(37)
103
(39)
98
(37)
95
(35)
88
(31)
81
(27)
73
(23)
103
(39)
Average high °F (°C) 38
(3)
42
(6)
51
(11)
63
(17)
73
(23)
82
(28)
85
(29)
84
(29)
77
(25)
66
(19)
54
(12)
42
(6)
63
(17)
Average low °F (°C) 21
(−6)
23
(−5)
31
(−1)
39
(4)
50
(10)
59
(15)
64
(18)
63
(17)
56
(13)
43
(6)
35
(2)
27
(−3)
43
(6)
Record low °F (°C) −16
(−27)
−3
(−19)
5
(−15)
20
(−7)
33
(1)
41
(5)
49
(9)
50
(10)
37
(3)
26
(−3)
15
(−9)
−10
(−23)
−16
(−27)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 2.71
(69)
2.53
(64)
3.46
(88)
3.02
(77)
4.35
(110)
3.82
(97)
4.92
(125)
3.59
(91)
3.31
(84)
2.16
(55)
3.32
(84)
3.15
(80)
40.34
(1,024)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 7.2
(18)
4.2
(11)
3.8
(9.7)
1.6
(4.1)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.1
(0.25)
0.9
(2.3)
3.4
(8.6)
21.2
(53.95)
Source: [12]

EducationEdit

Bridgeport has a public library, a branch of the Belmont County District Library.[13]

Notable peopleEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved May 21, 2020.
  5. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ McKelvey, A. T. (1903). Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens. Biographical Publishing Company. pp. 203–204.
  7. ^ Overman, William Daniel (1958). Ohio Town Names. Akron, OH: Atlantic Press. p. 18.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  9. ^ Ohio Atlas & Gazetteer. Yarmouth, Me.: DeLorme. 1991. pp. 62–63. ISBN 0-89933-233-1.
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 24 January 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  12. ^ "Intellicast | Weather Underground".
  13. ^ "Locations & Hours". Belmont County District Library. Retrieved 25 February 2018.

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