Passaic is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 70,537 people and 17 constituent neighborhoods, Passaic is the 13th largest community in New Jersey. Passaic has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.
Housing costs in Passaic 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.
Passaic is a blue-collar town, with 40.05% of people working in blue-collar occupations, while the average in America is just 27.7%. Overall, Passaic is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Passaic who work in office and administrative support (9.12%), sales jobs (7.38%), and maintenance occupations (6.39%).
Many people in Passaic take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Passaic citizens for affordable transportation.
In terms of college education, the citizens of Passaic rank slightly lower than the national average. 15.60% of adults 25 and older in Passaic 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 Passaic in 2018 was $19,066, which is low income relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $76,264 for a family of four. However, Passaic contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Passaic is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Passaic 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 Passaic, accounting for 73.82% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Passaic residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Passaic include Polish, Italian, Russian, Eastern European, and European.
In addition, Passaic has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (40.61%).
The most common language spoken in Passaic is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Langs. of India.