Passaic is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 71,085 people and 14 constituent neighborhoods, Passaic is the 12th largest community in New Jersey.
When you are in Passaic, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 43.28% of Passaic’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. Overall, Passaic is a city of transportation and shipping workers, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Passaic who work in office and administrative support (11.35%), sales jobs (7.59%), and food service (6.47%).
A lot of people in Passaic 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 Passaic, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.
The percentage of adults in Passaic with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 14.34% of adults in Passaic have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Passaic in 2010 was $14,956, which is low income relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $59,824 for a family of four. However, Passaic contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Passaic also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 31.59% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Passaic is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Passaic home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Passaic, accounting for 71.74% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Passaic residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Passaic include Italian, German, Russian, and Irish.
Passaic also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 40.43%.
The most common language spoken in Passaic is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Gujarathi.