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 128,640 people and 26 constituent neighborhoods, Elizabeth is the fourth largest community in New Jersey.

When you are in Elizabeth, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 37.05% of Elizabeth’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. 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 (14.43%), sales jobs (9.09%), and maintenance occupations (7.28%).

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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Elizabeth use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Elizabeth‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

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 11.76% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Elizabeth in 2010 was $18,686, 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 $74,744 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 63.12% 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 (47.03%).

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