Bridgeton 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 24,160 people and 12 constituent neighborhoods, Bridgeton is the 72nd largest community in New Jersey.
When you are in Bridgeton, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 45.54% of Bridgeton’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. Overall, Bridgeton is a city of service providers, transportation and shipping workers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bridgeton who work in farm management occupations (10.45%), sales jobs (8.89%), and maintenance occupations (8.57%).
One of the nice things about Bridgeton is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
The population of Bridgeton has one of the lowest overall levels of education in the country: only 5.94% of people over 25 hold a college degree. The national average for all municipalities is 21.84%.
The per capita income in Bridgeton in 2018 was $16,160, which is low income relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $64,640 for a family of four. However, Bridgeton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Bridgeton also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 31.19% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Bridgeton is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Bridgeton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Bridgeton, accounting for 49.42% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Bridgeton residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Bridgeton include German, Irish, Italian, English, and Polish.
In addition, Bridgeton has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (21.40%).
The most common language spoken in Bridgeton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.