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, 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 (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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

One downside of living in Newark, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 33.16 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.

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 percentage of adults in Newark with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 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.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Newark's cultural character, accounting for 29.02% of the city’s population.

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