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. Jersey City has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.
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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Jersey City is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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.
Jersey City is one of the most attractive larger cities for people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. This makes it a good place to live for young singles in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting their professional careers. Although Jersey City is a large city, this demographic is significant enough that young professionals will find many others like themselves here, with really good opportunities for friendships, recreation, romance, and more.
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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
In Jersey City, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 37.34 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, 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.
In addition, Jersey City has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (41.79%).
The most common language spoken in Jersey City is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Langs. of India.