Newark, NJ

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Living in Newark

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 282,011 people and 87 constituent neighborhoods, Newark is the largest community in New Jersey.

Unlike some cities, Newark isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Newark are a mix 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 (11.98%), sales jobs (9.08%), and maintenance occupations (7.51%).

Newark is a popular destination for single career-starters. One thing that you will notice when you are out and about town is that there is a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters out at restaurants, listening to live music, and enjoying other activities. They are a real visible part of the culture of Newark. This makes Newark a good place to live for young professionals. With so many people in this demographic, Newark presents many opportunities for single professionals to enjoy themselves, socialize, and to create lasting relationships.

Newark 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.

One downside of living in Newark, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 33.86 minutes every day commuting to work. However, 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.

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.

The percentage of adults in Newark with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 14.76% of adults in Newark have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Newark in 2018 was $19,313, which is low income relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $77,252 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 36.37% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Newark include Portuguese, Brazilian, African, Italian, and Haitian.

In addition, Newark has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (30.59%).

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