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Jersey City, New Jersey - Basic Facts

The City of Jersey City is the 2nd largest city in New Jersey with a population of 280,263 as of July 1, 2019. Jersey City 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 Jersey City is located at latitude 40.7282 and longitude -74.0776 in Hudson County. The formal boundaries for the City of Jersey City encompass a land area of 14.79 sq. miles and a water area of 6.34 sq. miles. Hudson County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 33 feet.

The City of Jersey City (GNIS ID: 885264) 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 Jersey City: Arissheck, Hudson, Paulus Hook, Paulus's Hook, Powles Hook.

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Jersey City, NJ Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Jersey City, NJ Housing Affordability Index is 77
State of New Jersey Housing Affordability Index is 91
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.

WEALTH INDEX

Jersey City, NJ Wealth Index is 83
State of New Jersey Wealth Index is 148
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.

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POPULATION

Total Population 280,263
Population in Households 277,390
Population in Familes 207,557
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,873
Population Density 19,009
Diversity Index1 87
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $71,437
Average Household Income $110,121
Per Capita Income $43,354
Wealth Index3 83

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 126,227 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 30,019 (23.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 80,260 (63.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 15,948 (12.6%)
Median Home Value $373,414
Housing Affordability Index2 77
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 110,279
Average Household Size 2.52
Family Households 64,982
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 1.35% 1.43%
Households 1.41% 1.47%
Families 1.3% 1.4%
Median Household Income   3.02%
Per Capita Income   2.93%

Jersey City, NJ - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Jersey City to the other 545 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New Jersey by rank and percentile using July 1, 2019 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 # 2 100th
Population Density # 8 99th
Diversity Index # 13 98th
Median Household Income # 393 28th
Per Capita Income # 252 54th

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