Paterson, NJ Profile: Facts & Data


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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 151,851 as of July 1, 2018. 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 40.9168 and longitude -74.1718 in Passaic County. The formal boundaries for the City of Paterson 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Paterson: Great Falls, Manchester, New Manchester, Totowa.

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


Total Population 151,851
Population in Households 149,215
Population in Familes 126,691
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,636
Population Density2 18,017
Diversity Index3 89


Median Household Income $35,591
Average Household Income $50,450
Per Capita Income $15,563


Total Housing Units 49,034 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 12,221 (24.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 33,305 (67.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,508 ( 7.2%)
Median Home Value $312,622
Average Home Value $315,520


Total Households 45,526
Average Household Size 3.28
Family Households 33,474
Average Family Size 4
  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 0.46% 0.38%
Households 0.32% 0.32%
Families 0.27% 0.29%
Median Household Income   1.58%
Per Capita Income   2.6%

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, 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 # 3 100th
Population Density # 9 99th
Diversity Index # 4 99th
Median Household Income # 524 4th
Per Capita Income # 538 1st

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