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Newark, New Jersey - Basic Facts

The City of Newark is the largest city in New Jersey with a population of 285,064 as of July 1, 2017. Newark 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 Newark is located at latitude 40.7242 and longitude -74.1726 in Essex County. The formal boundaries for the City of Newark (see map below) encompass a land area of 24.19 sq. miles and a water area of 1.92 sq. miles. Essex County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 33 feet.

The City of Newark (GNIS ID: 885317) 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 Newark population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Newark: Milford, New Worke, Nieworke, Youngs Point.

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


Total Population 285,064
Daytime Population: Workers 177,879
Daytime Population: Residents 165,912
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 343,791
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.21
Population in Households 268,908
Population in Familes 213,827
Population in Group Qrtrs 16,156
Population Density2 11,783
Diversity Index3 83


Median Household Income $33,803
Average Household Income $47,900
Per Capita Income $17,134


Total Housing Units 113,437 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 18,463 (16.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 78,376 (69.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 16,599 (14.6%)
Median Home Value $255,372
Average Home Value $278,031


Total Households 96,838
Average Household Size 2.78
Family Households 63,102
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 0.39% 0.49%
Households 0.33% 0.45%
Families 0.31% 0.44%
Median Household Income   0.57%
Per Capita Income   2.25%

Newark, NJ - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Newark to the other 545 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs 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 # 1 100th
Population Density # 21 96th
Diversity Index # 25 96th
Median Household Income # 525 4th
Per Capita Income # 536 2nd

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