Elizabeth, NJ

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Living in Elizabeth

Elizabeth is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 129,216 people and 26 constituent neighborhoods, Elizabeth is the fourth largest community in New Jersey.

Elizabeth is a blue-collar town, with 39.27% of people working in blue-collar occupations, while the average in America is just 27.7%. Overall, Elizabeth is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Elizabeth who work in office and administrative support (11.92%), sales jobs (8.76%), and maintenance occupations (7.38%).

One of the nice things about Elizabeth 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.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Elizabeth is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking taxis. For Elizabeth, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

In terms of college education, the citizens of Elizabeth rank slightly lower than the national average. 13.50% of adults 25 and older in Elizabeth 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 Elizabeth in 2018 was $21,380, 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 $85,520 for a family of four. However, Elizabeth contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Elizabeth is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Elizabeth 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 Elizabeth, accounting for 65.01% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Elizabeth residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Elizabeth include Haitian, Portuguese, Italian, Brazilian, and Polish.

Elizabeth also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 46.62%.

The most common language spoken in Elizabeth is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Portuguese.