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Paterson, New Jersey - Basic Facts

The City of Paterson is the 3rd largest city in New Jersey with a population of 152,460 as of July 1, 2017. Paterson 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 Paterson is located at latitude 40.9148 and longitude -74.1628 in Passaic County. The formal boundaries for the City of Paterson (see map below) encompass a land area of 8.43 sq. miles and a water area of 0.28 sq. miles. Passaic County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 85 feet.

The City of Paterson (GNIS ID: 885343) 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 Paterson 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 Paterson: Great Falls, Manchester, New Manchester, Totowa.

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


Total Population 152,460
Daytime Population: Workers 48,288
Daytime Population: Residents 92,634
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 140,922
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.92
Population in Households 149,827
Population in Familes 126,758
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,633
Population Density2 18,090
Diversity Index3 89


Median Household Income $34,447
Average Household Income $48,303
Per Capita Income $14,933


Total Housing Units 49,099 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 11,843 (24.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 33,930 (69.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,326 ( 6.8%)
Median Home Value $305,164
Average Home Value $312,420


Total Households 45,773
Average Household Size 3.27
Family Households 33,712
Average Family Size 4
  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 0.58% 0.54%
Households 0.44% 0.45%
Families 0.41% 0.43%
Median Household Income   0.57%
Per Capita Income   2.26%

Paterson, NJ - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Paterson 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 # 3 100th
Population Density # 9 99th
Diversity Index # 4 99th
Median Household Income # 523 4th
Per Capita Income # 539 1st

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