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 264,290 people and 67 constituent neighborhoods, Jersey City is the second largest community in New Jersey. Jersey City has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

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 (12.29%), management occupations (10.58%), and sales jobs (9.94%).

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 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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

One downside of living in Jersey City, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 36.36 minutes every day commuting to work. It is, however, a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of its neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot. In addition, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Jersey City 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 subway helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Jersey City area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The education level of Jersey City ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Jersey City, 42.92% 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 $33,426, which is lower middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $133,704 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 27.66% 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 Irish, German, Egyptian, and Polish.

Jersey City also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 40.27%.

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