Atlantic City, NJ

Atlantic City profile

Living in Atlantic City

Atlantic City is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 37,743 people and 14 constituent neighborhoods, Atlantic City is the 42nd largest community in New Jersey. Atlantic City has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities, Atlantic City isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Atlantic City are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Atlantic City is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Atlantic City who work in food service (19.59%), maintenance occupations (13.34%), and sales jobs (12.32%).

Atlantic City is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

A lot of people in Atlantic City take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Atlantic City, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.

In terms of college education, the citizens of Atlantic City rank slightly lower than the national average. 16.23% of adults 25 and older in Atlantic City have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.

The per capita income in Atlantic City in 2018 was $20,380, which is low income relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $81,520 for a family of four. However, Atlantic City contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Atlantic City also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 37.08% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Atlantic City is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Atlantic City home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Atlantic City residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by Asian. Atlantic City also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 31.07% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Atlantic City include Italian, Irish, German, Polish, and English.

In addition, Atlantic City has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (31.64%).

The most common language spoken in Atlantic City is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.