Essex County NJ Information


Essex County Subdivisions

Essex County NJ Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 809,316
Population in Households 785,907
Population in Familes 645,730
Population in Group Qrtrs 23,409
Population Density1 6,412
Diversity Index2 79


Median Household Income $58,006
Average Household Income $97,628
Per Capita Income $35,805


Total Housing Units 324,157 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 121,743 (37.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 169,830 (52.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 32,584 (10.1%)
Median Home Value $397,329
Average Home Value $494,473


Total Households 291,573
Average Household Size 2.7
Family Households 193,794
Average Family Size 3
  1. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.39% 0.45%
Households 0.33% 0.42%
Families 0.28% 0.39%
Median Household Income   2.47%
Per Capita Income   2.51%


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, 2018 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 Density # 2 95th
Diversity Index # 3 90th
Median Household Income # 20 10th
Per Capita Income # 15 33rd

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