Newark, NJ
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Newark is a large coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 281,944 people and 87 constituent neighborhoods, Newark is the largest community in New Jersey.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Newark is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Newark is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Newark who work in office and administrative support (13.28%), sales jobs (9.41%), and maintenance occupations (8.03%).

One of the nice things about Newark 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 Newark, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.16 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.

Newark has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Newark has quite a high level of public transit users. Newark’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.

In terms of college education, the citizens of Newark rank slightly lower than the national average. 13.33% of adults 25 and older in Newark have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.

The per capita income in Newark in 2010 was $16,791, which is low income relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $67,164 for a family of four. However, Newark contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Newark is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Newark home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Newark residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Newark also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 35.63% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Newark include Brazilian, African, Italian, and Jamaican.

In addition, Newark has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (29.02%).

The most common language spoken in Newark is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.