Stamford has the 165th largest population in the United States. The population grew by 5.1% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. Stamford is part of the Bridgeport metro area. Unemployment in the Bridgeport area is 5%, which is higher than the national average, and is getting better. Bridgeport has the 37th largest local economy in the US, and a high cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Stamford is above average at $62,610, and the median cost of a home in Stamford is $506,000, which is above the national average. 45% of workers in Stamford hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 87% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Stamford. 72% of Stamford workers drive to work alone, 9% take public transit, 8% carpool, and 9% walk. People in Stamford spend an average of 25 minutes commuting to work, which is shorter than the national average of 26 minutes.