Newark, NJ Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Newark, New Jersey - Basic Facts

The City of Newark is the largest city in New Jersey with a population of 279,660 as of July 1, 2016. Newark ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in New Jersey. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Newark is located at latitude 40.7242 and longitude -74.1726 in Essex County. The formal boundaries for the City of Newark (see map below) encompass a land area of 24.19 sq. miles and a water area of 1.92 sq. miles. Essex County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 33 feet.

The City of Newark (GNIS ID: 885317) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Newark population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Newark: Milford, New Worke, Nieworke, Youngs Point.

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


Total Population 279,660
Population in Households 263,708
Population in Familes 209,307
Population in Group Qrtrs 15,952
Population Density1 11,559
Diversity Index2 83


Total Households 95,311
Average Household Size 2.77
Family Households 62,098
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 112,228 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 18,454 (16.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 76,856 (68.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 16,917 (15.1%)
Median Home Value $249,675
Average Home Value $270,430


Median Household Income $34,110
Average Household Income $47,343
Per Capita Income $17,006
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.14% 0.36%
Households 0.13% 0.35%
Families 0.1% 0.34%
Median Household Income   0.53%
Per Capita Income   0.58%
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.

Newark, NJ - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Newark to the other 545 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs 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 # 1 100th
Population Density1 # 22 96th
Diversity Index2 # 23 96th
Median Household Income # 529 3rd
Per Capita Income # 536 2nd

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