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 307,220 people and 88 constituent neighborhoods, Newark is the largest community in New Jersey.
Newark is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (11.58%), sales jobs (8.27%), and maintenance occupations (6.68%).
One thing noticeable about Newark, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Newark is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Newark a great place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun. In fact, Newark is one of the top larger cities in America for educated single professionals to flock.
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.
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 33.78 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.
One of the benefits of being a big city like Newark is having a public transportation system, but in Newark the transit system is the mode of choice for lots of people getting to and from work every day. You will find many people using the bus for their daily commute, even though other transportation options exist. If you ask these commuters, many will tell you that not having to drive in the snarl of big city traffic is one of main reasons for leaving the car at home, or even not owning a car at all. With so many people taking the bus Newark benefits from a reduction in air pollution and traffic.
In terms of college education, the citizens of Newark rank slightly lower than the national average. 15.46% 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 2018 was $20,924, which is low income relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $83,696 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 36.73% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Newark include Brazilian, Portuguese, African, Nigerian, and Haitian.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Newark's cultural character, accounting for 32.52% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Newark is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.