Elizabeth, NJ
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Elizabeth 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 129,007 people and 26 constituent neighborhoods, Elizabeth is the fourth largest community in New Jersey.

Elizabeth is a blue-collar town, with 36.44% of people working in blue-collar occupations, while the average in America is just 27.7%. Overall, Elizabeth is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Elizabeth who work in office and administrative support (14.84%), sales jobs (8.99%), and maintenance occupations (7.32%).

Elizabeth 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.

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

The percentage of people in Elizabeth with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 11.64% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Elizabeth in 2010 was $18,826, 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 $75,304 for a family of four. However, Elizabeth contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Elizabeth is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Elizabeth 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 Elizabeth, accounting for 64.13% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Elizabeth residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Elizabeth include Haitian, Italian, Polish, and Irish.

In addition, Elizabeth has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (47.40%).

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