Paterson is a relatively large city located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 157,794 people and 40 constituent neighborhoods, Paterson is the third largest community in New Jersey.
Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Paterson is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 39.77% of the Paterson workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Paterson is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Paterson who work in office and administrative support (11.80%), sales jobs (9.22%), and healthcare suport services (7.11%).
A lot of people in Paterson take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Paterson, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.
In Paterson, just 11.49% of people have at least a bachelor's degree, which is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%.
The per capita income in Paterson in 2018 was $20,202, which is low income relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $80,808 for a family of four. However, Paterson contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Paterson is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Paterson 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 Paterson, accounting for 61.43% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Paterson residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Paterson include African, Jamaican, Italian, Turkish, and Irish.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Paterson's cultural character, accounting for 42.50% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Paterson is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Arabic.