Quote from Tumshie
I may be relocating from the UK to take up a post here. I am a PNP in the UK and have NClex.
What is the surrounding area like?
Housing I have a 5 and 6 yr old and Husband Initally plan to rent then buy and suggestions to areas? How is commuting and how far is reasonable to move out of the city?
Good School areas?
Anybody work there can give me any info?
Thanks for the help
Bridgeport is a very dangerous city (with gangs) and a very high crime rate, not to mention lots of other problems. It is probably one of the MOST dangerous areas of Connecticut. You would NOT want to live in Bridgeport.
There are many other lovely towns around it (Fairfield, for instance) but as they are all bedroom towns of NYC, they are extremely expensive and real estate prices are the highest in Connecticut down in that area.
Interstate 95 runs along that area and is a nightmare. It is not big enough to handle all the commuter traffic there. Commuting along that corridor is awful.
You might be a bit luckier looking at towns NORTH and WEST of Bridgeport (up Route 8, for instance), as far as living goes. Do NOT move into or buy anything or rent within Bridgeport!!
I believe the hospital is very good: very big, large city hospital.
This all is, of course my personal opinion. I have lived in Connecticut for over 20 years and have even commuted from here to NYC.
Bridgeport is probably THE worst city in Connecticut and I think most would agree with me. Could you pick somewhere else? If not, be very careful when you are looking for living accomodations.
Sorry to be such a downer but it is really bad. Downtown Waterbury is bad as well.
The closer you go to NYC, the more expensive everything gets.