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.

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 (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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

In Jersey City, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 36.36 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.

Jersey City is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 42.92% of adults in Jersey City have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

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.