Clifton, NJ Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Clifton, New Jersey - Basic Facts

The City of Clifton is the 6th largest city in New Jersey with a population of 86,365 as of July 1, 2016. Clifton 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 Clifton is located at latitude 40.8621 and longitude -74.1604 in Passaic County. The formal boundaries for the City of Clifton (see map below) encompass a land area of 11.27 sq. miles and a water area of 0.13 sq. miles. Passaic County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 184 feet.

The City of Clifton (GNIS ID: 885188) 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 Clifton 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 Clifton: Weasel.

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


Total Population 86,365
Population in Households 86,111
Population in Familes 72,167
Population in Group Qrtrs 254
Population Density1 7,665
Diversity Index2 77


Total Households 31,083
Average Household Size 2.77
Family Households 21,360
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 32,690 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 17,619 (53.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 13,464 (41.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,607 ( 4.9%)
Median Home Value $348,654
Average Home Value $367,461


Median Household Income $63,698
Average Household Income $84,658
Per Capita Income $30,542
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.42% 0.5%
Households 0.22% 0.4%
Families 0.18% 0.38%
Median Household Income   2.07%
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.

Clifton, NJ - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Clifton 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 # 6 99th
Population Density1 # 49 91st
Diversity Index2 # 54 90th
Median Household Income # 367 33rd
Per Capita Income # 391 28th

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