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 265,549 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.

Unlike some cities, Jersey City isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Jersey City are a mix of both white- and blue-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 (10.65%), management occupations (9.92%), and sales jobs (9.29%).

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.

Of important note, Jersey City is also a city of artists. Jersey City has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Jersey City’s character.

Jersey City is one of the most attractive larger cities for people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. This makes it a good place to live for young singles in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting their professional careers. Although Jersey City is a large city, this demographic is significant enough that young professionals will find many others like themselves here, with really good opportunities for friendships, recreation, romance, and more.

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.

One downside of living in Jersey City is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Jersey City, the average commute to work is 37.18 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of Jersey City’s neighborhoods are dense enough 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 Jersey City is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the subway. For Jersey City, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

The education level of Jersey City ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Jersey City, 46.06% 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 $38,477, which is middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $153,908 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 29.08% 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, Polish, and Egyptian.

Jersey City also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 41.38%.

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