Hackensack, NJ
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Hackensack is a medium-sized city located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 44,834 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Hackensack is the 33rd largest community in New Jersey.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Hackensack is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Hackensack is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Hackensack who work in office and administrative support (12.15%), management occupations (10.50%), and sales jobs (9.67%).

Also of interest is that Hackensack has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Hackensack is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Hackensack area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The population of Hackensack is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 34.05% of adults in Hackensack have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Hackensack in 2010 was $31,474, which is lower middle income relative to New Jersey, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $125,896 for a family of four. However, Hackensack contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Hackensack is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Hackensack 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 Hackensack, accounting for 35.76% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Hackensack residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Hackensack include Irish, Jamaican, German, and Polish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Hackensack's cultural character, accounting for 39.98% of the city’s population.

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