Essex County NJ Information


Essex County Subdivisions

Essex County NJ Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2015)


Total Population 786,026
Population in Households 762,711
Population in Familes 623,566
Population in Group Qrtrs 23,315
Population Density1 6,228
Diversity Index2 78


Total Households 285,558
Average Household Size 2.67
Family Households 190,917
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 318,315 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 123,961 (38.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 161,597 (50.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 32,757 (10.3%)
Median Home Value $424,160
Average Home Value $497,250


Median Household Income $52,463
Average Household Income $86,938
Per Capita Income $32,101
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.05% 0.18%
Households 0.12% 0.23%
Families 0.16% 0.25%
Median Household Income   2.47%
Per Capita Income   2.56%
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, 2015 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.