Bridgeton 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 25,031 people and 12 constituent neighborhoods, Bridgeton is the 72nd largest community in New Jersey.
Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Bridgeton is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 39.05% of the Bridgeton workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Bridgeton is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bridgeton who work in maintenance occupations (11.64%), office and administrative support (11.02%), and farm management occupations (9.13%).
Bridgeton 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.
The population of Bridgeton has one of the lowest overall levels of education in the country: only 5.95% of people over 25 hold a college degree. The national average for all municipalities is 21.84%.
The per capita income in Bridgeton in 2010 was $13,730, which is low income relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $54,920 for a family of four. However, Bridgeton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Bridgeton also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 34.09% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Bridgeton is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Bridgeton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Bridgeton, accounting for 48.71% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Bridgeton residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Bridgeton include Irish, Italian, English, and African.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Bridgeton's cultural character, accounting for 23.93% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Bridgeton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Arabic.