3. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Conn. Median household income
: $77,289 Population
: 925,899 (56th highest) Unemployment rate
: 8.2% (163rd lowest) Pct. households below poverty line
: 9.4% (13th lowest)
In Bridgeport, 12% of the residents work in the finance and insurance industry, the third-highest percentage of all metro areas. The metropolitan area is home to numerous hedge funds, where executives can earn millions of dollars annually. Furthermore, many people who work on Wall Street also settle in western Connecticut. More than one in five households earned at least $200,000 in the area, the highest percentage of all metro areas in the country. Almost 14% of homes were worth at least $1 million as of 2011, the fourth highest percentage in the country.
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