Clifton, NJ Profile: Facts & Data


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Clifton, New Jersey - Basic Facts

The City of Clifton is the 6th largest city in New Jersey with a population of 86,599 as of July 1, 2018. Clifton 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 Clifton is located at latitude 40.8621 and longitude -74.1604 in Passaic County. The formal boundaries for the City of Clifton (see map below) encompass a land area of 11.27 sq. miles and a water area of 0.13 sq. miles. Passaic County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 184 feet.

The City of Clifton (GNIS ID: 885188) 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 Clifton: Weasel.

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


Total Population 86,599
Population in Households 86,344
Population in Familes 72,717
Population in Group Qrtrs 255
Population Density2 7,686
Diversity Index3 78


Median Household Income $69,105
Average Household Income $90,605
Per Capita Income $32,509


Total Housing Units 32,691 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 17,724 (54.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 13,277 (40.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,690 ( 5.2%)
Median Home Value $366,154
Average Home Value $387,606


Total Households 31,001
Average Household Size 2.79
Family Households 21,257
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 0.35% 0.29%
Households 0.13% 0.19%
Families 0.08% 0.16%
Median Household Income   2.83%
Per Capita Income   3.08%

Clifton, NJ - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Clifton 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 # 6 99th
Population Density # 49 91st
Diversity Index # 50 91st
Median Household Income # 362 34th
Per Capita Income # 393 28th

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