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. 40.20% 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 office and administrative support (12.17%), maintenance occupations (10.84%), and farm management occupations (9.92%).
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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
In terms of college education, Bridgeton ranks among the least educated cities in the nation, as only 5.58% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Bridgeton in 2010 was $13,763, which is low income relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $55,052 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 31.96% 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 48.92% 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 Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Bridgeton include Irish, Italian, English, and African.
Bridgeton also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 22.78%.
The most common language spoken in Bridgeton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Arabic.