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The City of East Orange had a population of 66,697 as of July 1, 2021. East Orange ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in New Jersey. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for East Orange is located at latitude 40.7673 and longitude -74.2049 in Essex County. The formal boundaries for the City of East Orange encompass a land area of 3.9 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Essex County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 151 feet.

The City of East Orange 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for East Orange: Doddtown.

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East Orange, NJ Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 66,697 (100%)
Population in Households 65,490 (98.2%)
Population in Families 50,737 (76.1%)
Population in Group Quarters1 1,207 ( 1.8%)
Population Density 16,982
Diversity Index2 38


Median Household Income $50,640
Average Household Income $64,944
% of Income for Mortgage4 21%
Per Capita Income $25,521
Wealth Index5 46


Total HU (Housing Units) 30,109 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 7,194 (23.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 18,961 (63.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,954 (13.1%)
Median Home Value $250,280
Average Home Value $302,617
Housing Affordability Index3 75


Total Households 26,155
Average Household Size 2.5
Family Households 15,371
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population 0.34% 1.0%
Households 0.43% 1.01%
Families 0.39% 1.09%
Median Household Income   1.81%
Per Capita Income   2.85%
Owner Occupied HU   1.23%

East Orange, NJ - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares East Orange to the other 545 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New Jersey by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 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 # 12 98th
Population Density # 11 98th
Median Household Income # 505 8th
Housing Affordability Index # 68 12th
Per Capita Income # 510 7th
Diversity Index # 319 42nd

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