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 has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic boroughs.

When you are in Penns Grove, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 35.77% of Penns Grove’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. 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 (13.52%), maintenance occupations (10.55%), and food service (8.93%).

The population of Penns Grove has one of the lowest overall levels of education in the country: only 3.78% 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 $15,713, which is low income relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $62,852 for a family of four. However, Penns Grove contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Penns Grove also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 30.39% of its population below the federal poverty line.

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 35.85% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Penns Grove include German, Italian, Polish, and English.

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