Income/capita NAT. AVG.
Household income NAT. AVG.
Unemployment NAT. AVG.
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IndexJersey CityNew JerseyNational
Income per capita$44,761$37,538$29,829
Median household income$76,444$73,702$55,322
Median income owner occupied$113,086$97,281$70,586
Median income renter occupied$62,986$42,169$35,192
Median earnings male$55,336$47,369$36,919
Median earnings female$41,805$32,116$26,250
Unemployment rate3.7%5.2%4.7%
Poverty level15.7%10.9%15.1%

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Key findings

  • The income per capita in Jersey City is 50% higher than the national average
  • The median household income in Jersey City is 38% higher than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Jersey City is 21% lower than the national average
  • The poverty level in Jersey City is 4% higher than the national average

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      $50,957 $76,444 $152,888
      $49,129 $73,702 $147,404
      $36,877 $55,322 $110,644
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      Jersey City median earnings by income bracket

      Jersey City employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry5.8%5.8%
      Manufacturing sector5.6%5.6%
      Financial & insurance services13.2%13.2%
      Wholesale & retail services12.0%12.0%
      Public administration2.9%2.9%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities11.5%11.5%
      Education, health & social services10.2%10.2%

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      Jersey City, NJ262,652$76,44438.2%

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      Source: The Jersey City, NJ employment data displayed above is derived from the United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).