East Orange, NJ

East Orange profile

Living in East Orange

East Orange is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 69,612 people and 19 constituent neighborhoods, East Orange is the 14th largest community in New Jersey.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, East Orange is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, East Orange is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in East Orange who work in office and administrative support (14.89%), sales jobs (9.67%), and healthcare suport services (7.82%).

In East Orange, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.61 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit. In addition, the city is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

For the size of the city, public transportation in East Orange is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For East Orange, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

In terms of college education, East Orange is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 19.66% of adults 25 and older in East Orange have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in East Orange in 2018 was $24,687, which is low income relative to New Jersey, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $98,748 for a family of four. However, East Orange contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

East Orange is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call East Orange home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of East Orange residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. East Orange also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.17% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in East Orange include Jamaican, Haitian, Guyanese, Trinidadian and Tobagonian, and Other Subsaharan African.

East Orange also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 27.41%.

The most common language spoken in East Orange is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.