Penns Grove, NJ
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Penns Grove is a somewhat small borough located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 4,945 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Penns Grove is the 313th largest community in New Jersey.

Penns Grove is a blue-collar town, with 40.07% of people working in blue-collar occupations, while the average in America is just 27.7%. Overall, Penns Grove is a borough of service providers, sales and office workers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Penns Grove who work in office and administrative support (12.32%), maintenance occupations (10.85%), and food service (6.98%).

Also of interest is that Penns Grove has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

The population of Penns Grove has one of the lowest overall levels of education in the country: only 4.29% of people over 25 hold a college degree. The national average for all municipalities is 21.84%.

The per capita income in Penns Grove in 2010 was $16,767, which is low income relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $67,068 for a family of four. However, Penns Grove contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Penns Grove is an extremely ethnically-diverse borough. The people who call Penns Grove home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Penns Grove residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Penns Grove also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 30.68% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Penns Grove include German, Italian, English, and Polish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Penns Grove's cultural character, accounting for 16.08% of the borough’s population.

The most common language spoken in Penns Grove is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.