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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 271,566 as of July 1, 2017. 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 40.7114 and longitude -74.0648 in Hudson County. The formal boundaries for the City of Jersey City (see map below) 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.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Jersey City 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 Jersey City: Arissheck, Hudson, Paulus Hook, Paulus's Hook, Powles Hook.

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


Total Population 271,566
Daytime Population: Workers 124,469
Daytime Population: Residents 137,298
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 261,767
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.96
Population in Households 268,709
Population in Familes 202,175
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,857
Population Density2 18,358
Diversity Index3 87


Median Household Income $58,747
Average Household Income $89,869
Per Capita Income $35,393


Total Housing Units 119,171 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 28,718 (24.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 77,083 (64.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 13,370 (11.2%)
Median Home Value $347,036
Average Home Value $398,066


Total Households 105,801
Average Household Size 2.54
Family Households 62,729
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 1.28% 1.29%
Households 1.23% 1.25%
Families 1.17% 1.22%
Median Household Income   3.3%
Per Capita Income   3.17%

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, 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 # 2 100th
Population Density # 8 99th
Diversity Index # 11 98th
Median Household Income # 415 24th
Per Capita Income # 323 41st

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