Jersey City, NJ Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Jersey City, New Jersey - Basic Facts

The City of Jersey City is the 2nd largest city in New Jersey with a population of 265,718 as of July 1, 2016. Jersey City 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 Jersey City is located at latitude 40.7114 and longitude -74.0648 in Hudson County. The formal boundaries for the City of Jersey City (see map below) encompass a land area of 14.79 sq. miles and a water area of 6.34 sq. miles. Hudson County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 33 feet.

The City of Jersey City (GNIS ID: 885264) 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 Jersey City 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 Jersey City: Arissheck, Hudson, Paulus Hook, Paulus's Hook, Powles Hook.

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


Total Population 265,718
Population in Households 262,863
Population in Familes 197,525
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,855
Population Density1 17,963
Diversity Index2 87


Total Households 104,006
Average Household Size 2.53
Family Households 61,706
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 117,363 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 28,385 (24.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 75,621 (64.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 13,357 (11.4%)
Median Home Value $339,890
Average Home Value $391,358


Median Household Income $57,772
Average Household Income $87,463
Per Capita Income $34,623
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.14% 1.32%
Households 1.15% 1.33%
Families 1.09% 1.31%
Median Household Income   0.7%
Per Capita Income   1.45%
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.

Jersey City, NJ - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Jersey City 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 # 2 100th
Population Density1 # 9 99th
Diversity Index2 # 10 98th
Median Household Income # 416 24th
Per Capita Income # 322 41st

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