Population: 128,042Median home value: $262,300 57 Ranks better than 10% of areas

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A+ Elizabeth Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Elizabeth Cost of Living Cost of living is 6% lower than New Jersey
11818% more expensive than the US average
New Jersey
12525% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Elizabeth cost of living
F Elizabeth Crime Total crime is 143% higher than New Jersey
Total crime
4,33958% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2458% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
13%Year over year crime is up
Elizabeth crime
F Elizabeth Employment Household income is 41% lower than New Jersey
Median household income
$43,83121% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$18,68637% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
7%52% higher than the US average
Elizabeth employment
C+ Elizabeth Housing Home value is 17% lower than New Jersey
Median home value
$262,30042% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,07413% higher than the US average
Home ownership
25%61% lower than the US average
Elizabeth real estate or Elizabeth rentals
F Elizabeth Schools HS graduation rate is 19% lower than New Jersey
High school grad. rates
70%16% lower than the US average
School test scores
26%47% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
11:131% lower than the US average
Elizabeth K-12 schools or Elizabeth colleges

Living in Elizabeth, NJ

Elizabeth, New Jersey is a moderately-sized city with a population of 128,042 residents. Elizabeth has a population density of 10,394 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. More than a quarter of the residents of Elizabeth identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 61% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language. With an average age of 33 years old, Elizabeth could be a great place to live for young adults as this age is well below the national average.

Whether you’re relocating to a new town to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Elizabeth could be a positive experience compared to other cities in New Jersey if you know where to search. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like cost of living, employment, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Elizabeth and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Elizabeth to New Jersey and the national average.

Using data and statistics Elizabeth has received a livability score of 57/100. This score is ranked in the 10th percentile when compared to all other cities. This score ranks well below the United States average. With such a low livability score, it might be worth investigating a little further. This city has also earned the dubious distinction of of being ranked among the bottom 10 percent of all US cities. If we explore each of the categories on their own, we see that Elizabeth ranks well for amenities (A+). There are some categories that Elizabeth does not rank well for, including: crime (F), cost of living (F), education (F) and employment (F). It might be worth taking a closer look to figure out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Elizabeth, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the notable things to do include: The Outlet Collection | Jersey Gardens, IKEA Elizabeth, and Warinanco Park.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Elizabeth. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Elizabeth are affordable. Median real estate prices in Elizabeth come in at $262,300, which is 17.1% lower than the New Jersey average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Elizabeth, the home price to income ratio is 6, which is 39.5% higher than the New Jersey average. Real estate appreciation rates in Elizabeth are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for Elizabeth homes comes in at 13.8%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 9.8%.

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Compare Elizabeth, NJ Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Elizabeth, NJ

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Fresh Kills, New York866.812
Cobble Hill, New York8010.210,281
Oakwood, New York788.126,947
Liberty Park, Jersey City787.4447
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Battery Park, New York779.813,570
North Sutton Area, New York7713.617,279
Upper East Side, New York7714.3194,024
Huguenot, New York779.311,608

Best Cities Near Elizabeth, NJ

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Zarephath, NJ8321.98
Plainsboro Center, NJ8331.12,733
Morrisville CDP, PA8244.2862
North Hills, NY8128.15,420
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Princeton, NJ8132.730,168
Pelham, NY8026.36,996
Plandome, NY8027.51,228
Jericho, NY8035.113,730

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Elizabeth, NJ - The Serious Side of NJ!

As a native of New Jersey I always find a special place in my heart for Jersey which is why the modesty of Elizabeth, NJ pains me. The city of Elizabeth is much more fit to be looked at as a governmental center than a tourist stop and has very little to offer for neither living or visiting!

Elizabeth, NJ always has had a gloomy feel to met with governmental buildings and offices scattered throughout the town center and one of the larger immigration holding facilities in Elizabeth as well! The community really suffers from the lack of entertainment and crime rate. While Elizabeth is not particularly dangerous; car theft is a more common problem in Elizabeth. In fact, your vehicle is almost 10 times more likely to be stolen in Elizabeth than any other city.

There are not many choices in good restaurants in Elizabeth and Nightlife is very bland due to the heavy governmental influence throughout Elizabeth. If your a fan of historical governmental sites or governmental sites in general you may find some enjoyment in visiting the many locations. Families will likely not find Elizabeth to be a good stop. Elizabeth does boast Jersey Gardens one of the largest Outlet malls in NJ which is a great stop but that is about it!
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Source: The Elizabeth, NJ data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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