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

Trenton is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Trenton is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Trenton who work in office and administrative support (16.23%), maintenance occupations (11.90%), and food service (9.66%).

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.

In Trenton, just 10.70% of people have at least a bachelor's degree, which is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Trenton in 2010 was $17,021, which is low income relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $68,084 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 33.97% 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 23.64% of the city’s population.

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