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Paterson, NJ
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Living in Paterson



Paterson is a relatively large city located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 156,661 people and 40 constituent neighborhoods, Paterson is the third largest community in New Jersey.

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 12.51% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Paterson in 2018 was $21,064, which is low income relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $84,256 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 62.64% 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 African, Jamaican, Italian, Irish, and Turkish.

In addition, Paterson has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (43.53%).

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