Trenton, NJ

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Living in Trenton

Trenton is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 83,203 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.

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 transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Trenton who work in office and administrative support (12.53%), maintenance occupations (11.68%), and food service (8.69%).

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 percentage of people in Trenton with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 11.70% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Trenton in 2018 was $18,473, which is low income relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $73,892 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 36.35% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Trenton include Italian, German, Irish, Jamaican, and Polish.

Trenton also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 23.28%.

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