Camden, NJ

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Living in Camden

Camden is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 73,562 people and 19 constituent neighborhoods, Camden is the ninth largest community in New Jersey. Camden has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Camden is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Camden is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Camden who work in office and administrative support (10.99%), sales jobs (10.10%), and healthcare suport services (9.55%).

Camden has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Camden has quite a high level of public transit users. Camden’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.

The population of Camden has a very low overall level of education: only 9.07% of people over 25 hold a 4-year college degree or higher.

The per capita income in Camden in 2018 was $14,747, which is low income relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $58,988 for a family of four. Camden also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 36.81% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Camden is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Camden 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 Camden, accounting for 50.26% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Camden residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Camden include Italian, Irish, Jamaican, German, and African.

Camden also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 15.19%.

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