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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 281,829 as of July 1, 2020. 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, 2020)

POPULATION

Total Population 281,829 (100%)
Population in Households 278,956 (99.0%)
Population in Families 207,974 (73.8%)
Population in Group Quarters1 2,873 ( 1.0%)
Population Density 19,115
Diversity Index2 87
 
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $78,563
Average Household Income $114,979
% of Income for Mortgage4 21%
Per Capita Income $45,392
Wealth Index5 84
 

HOUSING

Total HU (Housing Units) 126,065 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 31,512 (25.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 79,694 (63.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 14,859 (11.8%)
Median Home Value $386,995
Average Home Value $493,389
Housing Affordability Index3 93
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 111,206
Average Household Size 2.51
Family Households 65,099
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  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.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 1.27% 1.32%
Households 1.36% 1.35%
Families 1.19% 1.25%
Median Household Income   1.39%
Per Capita Income   1.96%
Owner Occupied HU   0.75%

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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, 2020 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
Median Household Income # 332 39th
Housing Affordability Index # 118 22nd
Per Capita Income # 244 55th
Diversity Index # 13 98th

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