Perth Amboy, NJ
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Perth Amboy is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 52,682 people and 12 constituent neighborhoods, Perth Amboy is the 26th largest community in New Jersey.

Unlike some cities, Perth Amboy isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Perth Amboy are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Perth Amboy is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Perth Amboy who work in office and administrative support (16.42%), sales jobs (9.56%), and food service (5.33%).

Perth Amboy is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Perth Amboy is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Perth Amboy area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The citizens of Perth Amboy are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 14.76% of adults in Perth Amboy have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree

The per capita income in Perth Amboy in 2010 was $19,217, which is low income relative to New Jersey, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $76,868 for a family of four. However, Perth Amboy contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Perth Amboy is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Perth Amboy 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 Perth Amboy, accounting for 80.00% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Perth Amboy residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Perth Amboy include Italian, Irish, German, and Jamaican.

Perth Amboy also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 39.08%.

The most common language spoken in Perth Amboy is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Portuguese.