Penns Grove, NJ Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Penns Grove, New Jersey - Basic Facts

The Borough of Penns Grove had a population of 5,043 as of July 1, 2017. Penns Grove 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 Penns Grove is located at latitude 39.7274 and longitude -75.4677 in Salem County. The formal boundaries for the Borough of Penns Grove (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.91 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Salem County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 13 feet.

The Borough of Penns Grove (GNIS ID: 885348) 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 Penns Grove 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 Penns Grove: Helm's Cove, Penn Grove, Penngrove, Penn's Grove, Pennsgrove.

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


Total Population 5,043
Daytime Population: Workers 1,286
Daytime Population: Residents 2,948
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 4,234
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.84
Population in Households 5,035
Population in Familes 4,090
Population in Group Qrtrs 8
Population Density2 5,542
Diversity Index3 83


Median Household Income $25,802
Average Household Income $36,486
Per Capita Income $12,620


Total Housing Units 2,005 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 604 (30.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,132 (56.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 269 (13.4%)
Median Home Value $128,611
Average Home Value $166,101


Total Households 1,736
Average Household Size 2.9
Family Households 1,189
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 -0.28% -0.47%
Households -0.51% -0.58%
Families -0.52% -0.58%
Median Household Income   -0.12%
Per Capita Income   1.43%

Penns Grove, NJ - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Penns Grove 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 # 256 53rd
Population Density # 93 83rd
Diversity Index # 19 97th
Median Household Income # 543 1st
Per Capita Income # 542 1st

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