Jersey City, NJ
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Living in Jersey City


Jersey City is a relatively large coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 262,075 people and 67 constituent neighborhoods, Jersey City is the second largest community in New Jersey. Much of the housing stock in Jersey City was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Housing costs in Jersey City are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in New Jersey.

Unlike some cities, Jersey City isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Jersey City are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Jersey City is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Jersey City who work in management occupations (10.99%), office and administrative support (10.49%), and computer science and math (8.96%).

Also of interest is that Jersey City has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Of important note, Jersey City is also a city of artists. Jersey City has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Jersey City’s character.

One thing noticeable about Jersey City, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Jersey City is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Jersey City a great place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun. In fact, Jersey City is one of the top larger cities in America for educated single professionals to flock.

Jersey 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.

One downside of living in Jersey City is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Jersey City, the average commute to work is 37.34 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of Jersey City’s neighborhoods are dense enough 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, Jersey City 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 subway helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Jersey City area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Jersey City is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 47.55% of adults in Jersey City have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Jersey City in 2018 was $42,022, which is middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $168,088 for a family of four. However, Jersey City contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Jersey City is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Jersey City 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 Jersey City, accounting for 28.53% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Jersey City residents report their race to be Asian, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Jersey City include Italian, Irish, German, Polish, and Egyptian.

Jersey City also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 41.79%.

The most common language spoken in Jersey City is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Langs. of India.