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%).
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 33.16 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.
A lot of people in Newark take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Newark, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.
The citizens of Newark are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 13.33% of adults in Newark have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree
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.
Newark also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 29.02%.
The most common language spoken in Newark is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.