Trenton, NJ


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Trenton is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 84,225 people and 55 constituent neighborhoods, Trenton is the seventh largest community in New Jersey. Much of the housing stock in Trenton was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities, Trenton isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Trenton are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Trenton is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Trenton who work in office and administrative support (16.03%), maintenance occupations (12.04%), and food service (10.55%).

Trenton has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Trenton has quite a high level of public transit users. Trenton’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.

The rate of college-level education in Trenton is quite a bit lower than the national average among all cities of 21.84%: just 10.96% of people here over 25 have a bachelor's degree or an advanced degree.

The per capita income in Trenton in 2010 was $16,914, which is low income relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $67,656 for a family of four. However, Trenton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Trenton is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Trenton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Trenton residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Trenton also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 35.10% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Trenton include African, Irish, Polish, and German.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Trenton's cultural character, accounting for 24.28% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Trenton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French Creole.