The historic, industrial town of Bridgeport along the Long Island Sound is one of the state’s most heavily populated. Bridgeport features a variety of housing, from high-rise apartments and condominiums to large stately homes in the northern and western sections. Civic pride is evident throughout the city, where active organizations are working to restore historic buildings as well as develop vital new commercial centers in the downtown district and other key areas. The bustling economy is underlined by trade and services, although Bridgeport is also convenient for commuters with both rail and ferry service. The area is rich in institutions of higher education, including Sacred Heart University, Housatonic Community College, and the University of Bridgeport. Regional recreational amenities include beaches, parks, sports facilities, and a golf course.