East Orange is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 68,903 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 sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in East Orange who work in office and administrative support (15.09%), sales jobs (10.10%), and healthcare suport services (7.49%).
One downside of living in East Orange is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In East Orange, the average commute to work is 32.80 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 East Orange’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, 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 education level of East Orange citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 20.03% of adults 25 and older in East Orange have a college degree.
The per capita income in East Orange in 2018 was $25,494, 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 $101,976 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 10.80% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in East Orange include Jamaican, Haitian, Guyanese, Trinidadian and Tobagonian, and Nigerian.
Foreign born people are also an important part of East Orange's cultural character, accounting for 27.31% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in East Orange is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.