Jersey City, NJ
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Jersey City is a relatively large coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 270,753 people and 67 constituent neighborhoods, Jersey City is the second largest community in New Jersey. Jersey City has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Housing costs in Jersey City are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in New Jersey.

Jersey City is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Jersey City is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Jersey City who work in office and administrative support (12.16%), management occupations (10.68%), and sales jobs (9.80%).

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

Jersey City is a popular destination for single career-starters. One thing that you will notice when you are out and about town is that there is a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters out at restaurants, listening to live music, and enjoying other activities. They are a real visible part of the culture of Jersey City. This makes Jersey City a good place to live for young professionals. With so many people in this demographic, Jersey City presents many opportunities for single professionals to enjoy themselves, socialize, and to create lasting relationships.

One of the nice things about Jersey City is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

In Jersey City, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 36.86 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.

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

The education level of Jersey City ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Jersey City, 44.63% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Jersey City in 2010 was $36,453, which is middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $145,812 for a family of four. However, Jersey City contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Jersey City is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Jersey City 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 Jersey City, accounting for 28.82% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Jersey City residents report their race to be Asian, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Jersey City include Italian, Irish, German, Egyptian, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Jersey City is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Langs. of India.