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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Trenton is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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%).

Many people in Trenton take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Trenton citizens for affordable transportation.

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.

In addition, Trenton has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (24.28%).

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