Bridgeport, Washington

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Bridgeport is a city in Douglas County, Washington, United States. It is part of the WenatcheeEast Wenatchee Metropolitan Statistical Area. Bridgeport's population was 2,059 at the 2000 census.

Bridgeport is located near the Chief Joseph Dam.

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History

The area that is now Bridgeport was settled in the late 1800s and originally named Westfield. Some of the earliest settlers in the area were Chinese miners extracting gold from the banks of the Columbia River. Developers purchased the town in 1892 and renamed it Bridgeport after where they had come from, Bridgeport, Connecticut. The city of Bridgeport was officially incorporated on March 21, 1910. The biggest economic boom to come to the city came in the form of the building of the massive Chief Joseph Dam just upstream from the city limits.

Geography

Bridgeport is located at 48°0′22″N 119°40′18″W / 48.00611°N 119.67167°W / 48.00611; -119.67167 (48.006238, -119.671540).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.7 km²), all of it land. Bridgeport has over 1½ miles of Columbia River Waterfront that is within the City Limits. Bridgeport is currently experiencing expansion and development of waterfront properties with a re-newed energy.

Chief Joseph Dam is located upstream about 1½ miles upstream from Bridgeport.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,059 people, 624 households, and 497 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,980.9 people per square mile (764.4/km²). There were 762 housing units at an average density of 733.1/sq mi (282.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 60.81% White, 0.24% African American, 1.94% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 30.69% from other races, and 6.02% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 64.79% of the population.

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