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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Perth Amboy is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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 (16.18%), sales jobs (10.30%), and maintenance occupations (5.39%).

One of the nice things about Perth Amboy is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Perth Amboy is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Perth Amboy, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

The citizens of Perth Amboy are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 14.52% of adults in Perth Amboy have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree

The per capita income in Perth Amboy in 2010 was $19,218, 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 $76,872 for a family of four. However, Perth Amboy contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Perth Amboy is an extremely 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 81.30% 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, Portuguese, and German.

In addition, Perth Amboy has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (40.21%).

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