Jersey City is a large coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 283,927 people and 77 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 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 (11.27%), office and administrative support (9.69%), and computer science and math (9.35%).
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 interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.93% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Jersey City is a popular destination for single career-starters. One thing that you will notice when you are out and about town is that there is a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters out at restaurants, listening to live music, and enjoying other activities. They are a real visible part of the culture of Jersey City. This makes Jersey City a good place to live for young professionals. With so many people in this demographic, Jersey City presents many opportunities for single professionals to enjoy themselves, socialize, and to create lasting relationships.
One of the nice things about Jersey City 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.
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 37.32 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.
For the size of the city, public transportation in Jersey City is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the subway. For Jersey City, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
The education level of Jersey City ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Jersey City, 49.82% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
The per capita income in Jersey City in 2018 was $44,761, which is middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $179,044 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 26.86% 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 Irish, Italian, German, Egyptian, and Polish.
Jersey City also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 42.51%.
The most common language spoken in Jersey City is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Langs. of India.