Paterson is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 147,754 people and 33 constituent neighborhoods, Paterson is the third largest community in New Jersey.
Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Paterson is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 36.67% of the Paterson workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Paterson is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Paterson who work in office and administrative support (12.75%), sales jobs (9.44%), and maintenance occupations (7.56%).
Paterson has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Paterson has quite a high level of public transit users. Paterson’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.
The percentage of people in Paterson with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 10.22% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Paterson in 2010 was $16,142, which is low income relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $64,568 for a family of four. However, Paterson contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Paterson is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Paterson 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 Paterson, accounting for 59.28% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Paterson residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Paterson include Italian, Palestinian, Irish, and German.
Paterson also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 34.26%.
The most common language spoken in Paterson is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Arabic.