Passaic, NJ
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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.

Passaic is a blue-collar town, with 41.46% of people working in blue-collar occupations, while the average in America is just 27.7%. 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 (10.46%), maintenance occupations (7.40%), and sales jobs (7.34%).

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.

The citizens of Passaic are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 14.26% of adults in Passaic have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree

The per capita income in Passaic in 2010 was $15,193, which is low income relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $60,772 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 31.69% 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 71.68% 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 German, Italian, Irish, and Russian.

Passaic also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 43.29%.

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