Essex County NJ Information


Essex County Subdivisions

Essex County NJ Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 807,352
Daytime Population: Workers 389,991
Daytime Population: Residents 440,575
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 830,566
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.03
Population in Households 783,886
Population in Familes 641,406
Population in Group Qrtrs 23,466
Population Density2 6,397
Diversity Index3 79


Median Household Income $54,920
Average Household Income $93,426
Per Capita Income $34,263


Total Housing Units 323,623 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 122,221 (37.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 168,390 (52.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 33,012 (10.2%)
Median Home Value $388,838
Average Home Value $469,465


Total Households 290,611
Average Household Size 2.7
Family Households 193,601
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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 0.41% 0.49%
Households 0.33% 0.44%
Families 0.31% 0.43%
Median Household Income   1.69%
Per Capita Income   2.23%


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, 2017 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 # 19 14th
Per Capita Income # 15 33rd

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