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 38,429 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 86.21% 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 (17.20%), sales jobs (13.55%), and maintenance occupations (12.65%).

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. 16.31% 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 2010 was $19,162, which is low income relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $76,648 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 40.58% 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 29.27% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Atlantic City include Italian, Irish, German, Polish, and English.

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