Asbury Park is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 15,818 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Asbury Park is the 122nd largest community in New Jersey.
Housing costs in Asbury Park 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.
Asbury Park is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Asbury Park is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Asbury Park who work in food service (12.45%), sales jobs (9.95%), and office and administrative support (9.41%).
Asbury Park 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.
Despite the fact that it is a small city, Asbury Park has quite a few people who take public transportation – mostly the bus - for their daily commute to work. This helps to fill a real need in the city for affordable transportation.
The education level of Asbury Park citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 20.93% of adults 25 and older in Asbury Park have a college degree.
The per capita income in Asbury Park in 2010 was $23,761, which is low income relative to New Jersey, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $95,044 for a family of four. However, Asbury Park contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Asbury Park also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 31.95% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Asbury Park is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Asbury Park home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Asbury Park residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Asbury Park also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 32.14% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Asbury Park include Irish, Haitian, German, and African.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Asbury Park's cultural character, accounting for 24.93% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Asbury Park is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French Creole.