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. Much of the housing stock in Jersey City was built prior to World War II, 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 service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Jersey City who work in office and administrative support (12.42%), management occupations (10.60%), and sales jobs (9.97%).

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.

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, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 35.86 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.

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, 42.49% 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 $32,791, 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 $131,164 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. The greatest number of Jersey City residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Jersey City also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 27.44% of the city’s residents. 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: 39.80%.

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