Passaic is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 69,703 people and 14 constituent neighborhoods, Passaic is the 12th largest community in New Jersey.
Housing costs in Passaic are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in New Jersey.
When you are in Passaic, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 42.01% of Passaic’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. Overall, Passaic is a city of service providers, transportation and shipping workers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Passaic who work in office and administrative support (8.78%), sales jobs (7.84%), and maintenance occupations (6.39%).
Many people in Passaic take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Passaic citizens for affordable transportation.
In terms of college education, the citizens of Passaic rank slightly lower than the national average. 15.67% of adults 25 and older in Passaic 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 Passaic in 2018 was $18,485, which is low income relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $73,940 for a family of four. However, Passaic contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
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 74.79% 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 Polish, Italian, Russian, European, and German.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Passaic's cultural character, accounting for 38.81% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Passaic is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Langs. of India.