East Orange, NJ

East Orange profile

Living in East Orange

East Orange is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 64,367 people and 19 constituent neighborhoods, East Orange is the 14th largest community in New Jersey.

East Orange is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, East Orange is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in East Orange who work in office and administrative support (14.89%), sales jobs (9.67%), and healthcare suport services (7.82%).

In East Orange, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.61 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit. In addition, the city is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, East Orange is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the East Orange area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The percentage of adults in East Orange who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 19.66% of the adults in East Orange have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in East Orange in 2018 was $24,687, which is low income relative to New Jersey, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $98,748 for a family of four. However, East Orange contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

East Orange is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call East Orange home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of East Orange residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. East Orange also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.17% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in East Orange include Jamaican, Haitian, Guyanese, Trinidadian and Tobagonian, and Other Subsaharan African.

East Orange also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 27.41%.

The most common language spoken in East Orange is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.