Essex County NJ Information


Essex County Subdivisions

Essex County NJ Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 795,040
Population in Households 771,867
Population in Familes 630,654
Population in Group Qrtrs 23,173
Population Density1 6,299
Diversity Index2 79


Total Households 287,264
Average Household Size 2.69
Family Households 191,242
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 320,976 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 121,990 (38.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 165,274 (51.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 33,712 (10.5%)
Median Home Value $387,235
Average Home Value $462,844


Median Household Income $54,990
Average Household Income $90,580
Per Capita Income $33,365
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.22% 0.41%
Households 0.2% 0.39%
Families 0.16% 0.37%
Median Household Income   -0.49%
Per Capita Income   1.33%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Essex County NJ - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Essex County to the other 21 counties and county equivalents in New Jersey by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 3 90th
Population Density1 # 2 95th
Diversity Index2 # 3 90th
Median Household Income # 19 14th
Per Capita Income # 15 33rd

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE New Jersey Census Data Comparison Tool.