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 285,154 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 (12.95%), sales jobs (9.25%), and maintenance occupations (7.91%).

Newark is one of the most attractive larger cities for people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. This makes it a good place to live for young singles in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting their professional careers. Although Newark is a large city, this demographic is significant enough that young professionals will find many others like themselves here, with really good opportunities for friendships, recreation, romance, and more.

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 is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Newark, the average commute to work is 33.97 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

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. 14.36% 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 $18,357, which is low income relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $73,428 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 36.38% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Newark include Portuguese, Brazilian, African, Italian, and Nigerian.

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