Atlantic City, NJ

Atlantic City profile

Living in Atlantic City

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 37,743 people and 14 constituent neighborhoods, Atlantic City is the 42nd largest community in New Jersey. Atlantic City has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Atlantic City is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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 (19.59%), maintenance occupations (13.34%), and sales jobs (12.32%).

One of the nice things about Atlantic City is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

Many people in Atlantic City 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 Atlantic City citizens for affordable transportation.

In terms of college education, the citizens of Atlantic City rank slightly lower than the national average. 16.23% of adults 25 and older in Atlantic City 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 Atlantic City in 2018 was $20,380, which is low income relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $81,520 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 37.08% 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 Asian. 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 31.07% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Atlantic City include Italian, Irish, German, Polish, and English.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Atlantic City's cultural character, accounting for 31.64% of the city’s population.

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