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Kearny, New Jersey - Basic Facts

The Town of Kearny had a population of 42,988 as of July 1, 2023. Kearny 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 Kearny is located at latitude 40.7684 and longitude -74.1454 in Hudson County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Kearny encompass a land area of 8.78 sq. miles and a water area of 1.41 sq. miles. Hudson County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5).

The Town of Kearny 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.

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Kearny, NJ Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2023)


Total Population 42,988 (100%)
Population in Households 41,692 (97.0%)
Population in Families 35,737 (83.1%)
Population in Group Quarters1 1,296 ( 3.0%)
Population Density 4,861
Diversity Index2 85


Median Household Income $76,078
Average Household Income $98,254
% of Income for Mortgage4 33%
Per Capita Income $34,651
Wealth Index5 70
Socioeconomic Status Index6 Moderate (46.0)


Total HU (Housing Units) 15,634 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 6,906 (44.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 8,229 (52.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 499 ( 3.2%)
Median Home Value $422,943
Average Home Value $472,386
Housing Affordability Index3 58


Total Households 15,135
Average Household Size 2.75
Family Households 11,048
Average Family Size 3.00
  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.
  6. The Socioeconomic Index ranges from zero (lowest relative status) to 100 (highest relative status). This measure quantifies disparities in social position of an area's inhabitants and is built from a broad range of demographic, housing, and socioeconomic inputs. More information on this measure can be found in Esri's SEI tutorial.


2020-2023 2023-2028
Population 0.72% -0.03%
Households 1.03% 0.33%
Families   0.35%
Median Household Income   1.49%
Per Capita Income   2.87%
Owner Occupied HU   0.50%

Kearny, NJ - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Kearny to the other 700 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New Jersey by rank and percentile using July 1, 2023 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 # 24 97th
Population Density # 129 82nd
Median Household Income # 546 22nd
Housing Affordability Index # 111 16th
Per Capita Income # 616 12th
Diversity Index # 34 95th

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