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.

Unlike some cities, Atlantic City isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Atlantic City are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. 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 (16.26%), maintenance occupations (12.68%), and sales jobs (12.21%).

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.

Atlantic City has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Atlantic City has quite a high level of public transit users. Atlantic City’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.

The citizens of Atlantic City are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 15.63% of adults in Atlantic City have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree

The per capita income in Atlantic City in 2010 was $18,282, 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 $73,128 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 35.82% 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 25.08% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Atlantic City include Italian, African, German, and English.

In addition, Atlantic City has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (31.36%).

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