Newark, NJ Profile: Facts & Data


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Newark, New Jersey - Basic Facts

The City of Newark is the largest city in New Jersey with a population of 284,054 as of July 1, 2018. 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 40.7357 and longitude -74.1724 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.

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

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


Total Population 284,054
Population in Households 267,936
Population in Familes 214,087
Population in Group Qrtrs 16,118
Population Density2 11,741
Diversity Index3 83


Median Household Income $35,302
Average Household Income $50,313
Per Capita Income $17,974


Total Housing Units 113,045 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 18,362 (16.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 78,216 (69.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 16,468 (14.6%)
Median Home Value $258,441
Average Home Value $283,832


Total Households 96,577
Average Household Size 2.77
Family Households 62,792
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 0.3% 0.37%
Households 0.26% 0.36%
Families 0.21% 0.31%
Median Household Income   1.77%
Per Capita Income   2.88%

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, 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 # 1 100th
Population Density # 21 96th
Diversity Index # 26 95th
Median Household Income # 525 4th
Per Capita Income # 536 2nd

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