Bayonne is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 64,897 people and 16 constituent neighborhoods, Bayonne is the 15th largest community in New Jersey. Bayonne has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.
Housing costs in Bayonne are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in New Jersey.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Bayonne is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Bayonne is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bayonne who work in office and administrative support (11.94%), management occupations (8.92%), and sales jobs (8.78%).
Also of interest is that Bayonne has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One thing noticeable about Bayonne, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Bayonne is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Bayonne a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
One of the nice things about Bayonne 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.
One downside of living in Bayonne is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Bayonne, the average commute to work is 34.96 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of Bayonne’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Bayonne is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Bayonne area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
The population of Bayonne is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 37.24% of adults in Bayonne have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Bayonne in 2018 was $33,223, which is low income relative to New Jersey, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $132,892 for a family of four. However, Bayonne contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Bayonne is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Bayonne home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Bayonne residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Bayonne also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 33.47% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Bayonne include Italian, Irish, Polish, Egyptian, and German.
In addition, Bayonne has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (30.88%).
The most common language spoken in Bayonne is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Arabic.