Atlantic City, NJ
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Atlantic City 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 39,260 people and 14 constituent neighborhoods, Atlantic City is the 42nd largest community in New Jersey.

Atlantic City is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.56% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Atlantic City is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Atlantic City who work in food service (15.92%), sales jobs (13.66%), and maintenance occupations (13.25%).

Atlantic City 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.

A lot of people in Atlantic City 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 Atlantic City, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.

The percentage of adults in Atlantic City with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 15.47% of adults in Atlantic City have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Atlantic City in 2010 was $18,162, 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 $72,648 for a family of four. However, Atlantic City contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Atlantic City also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 36.86% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Atlantic City is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Atlantic City home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Atlantic City residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Atlantic City also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 26.48% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Atlantic City include Irish, German, Jamaican, and Polish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Atlantic City's cultural character, accounting for 32.43% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Atlantic City is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Indic languages.