Jersey City is only one famous river away from Manhattan. The city has more than 250,000 residents , all part of the New York City metropolitan area’s 23 million-plus population. J.C., as the locals call it, is bordered by the Hackensack River and Newark Bay to the west, while eastward lies the Hudson River and Upper New York Bay, home to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Hoboken is to the north and Bayonne is to the south.
The city’s workforce is a mix of blue-collar tradesmen and white-collar professionals. Top employers are the United States Postal Service and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Nicknamed Wall Street West, Jersey City is also known for its concentration of major corporations, such as Verisk Analytics, Computershare and Merrill Lynch. Jersey City also has its share of degree-seekers at New Jersey City University and Saint Peter’s University. The city’s Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School is a top public school in the state and country.
Jersey City is full of young, educated professionals , and they favor areas like . Peace and quiet abounds in the green, family-friendly, residential community of Bergen-Lafayette. Pedestrian culture rules in Jersey City. Locals walk everywhere or take the . Many residents have cars, but find that public transport is less hectic than a car commute.
Little India in Journal Square, and the Afro-American Historical and Cultural Society Museum in Greenville, are well worth exploring. Many residents stroll through downtown’s historic Van Vorst Park and shop at the farmer’s market. There are over 1,200 acres of greenery at Liberty State Park, which includes the Ellis Island Museum, Liberty Science Center, the nation’s largest IMAX theater and, of course, the Statue of Liberty.
|Square Miles||15 square miles|
|Population Density||16,599 people per square mile|
|Total Population||248k people|
|Median Household Income||$57,520|
|Median Age||33 years old|