Paterson, NJ
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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.

When you are in Paterson, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 36.67% of Paterson’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. 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.

In Paterson, just 10.22% of people have at least a bachelor's degree, which is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%.

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.