Atlantic City, NJ

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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 37,804 people and 14 constituent neighborhoods, Atlantic City is the 42nd largest community in New Jersey.

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 (19.13%), sales jobs (12.63%), and maintenance occupations (12.54%).

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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

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. 16.39% of adults in Atlantic City have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Atlantic City in 2010 was $19,924, which is low income relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $79,696 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 37.74% 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 30.95% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Atlantic City include Irish, Italian, German, Haitian, and Polish.

In addition, Atlantic City has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (33.01%).

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