Jersey City 69 Average
Jersey City Livability #399 ranked city in New Jersey#13,474 ranked city in the USARanks better than 54% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Jersey City Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Jersey City Cost of Living Cost of living is 15% higher than New Jersey
Jersey City
13939% more expensive than the US average
New Jersey
12121% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Jersey City cost of living
D+ Jersey City Crime Total crime is 43% higher than New Jersey
Total crime
1,94017% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 5217% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-20%Year over year crime is down
Jersey City crime
C Jersey City Employment Household income is 18% lower than New Jersey
Median household income
$60,70310% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$34,88717% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%17% higher than the US average
Jersey City employment
C Jersey City Housing Home value is 5% higher than New Jersey
Median home value
$331,30079% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,23330% higher than the US average
Home ownership
28%56% lower than the US average
Jersey City real estate or Jersey City rentals
D Jersey City Schools HS graduation rate is 3% lower than New Jersey
High school grad. rates
84%1% higher than the US average
School test scores
45%6% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
12:127% lower than the US average
Jersey City K-12 schools
B Jersey City User Ratings There are a total of 12 ratings in Jersey City
Overall user rating
73% 12 total ratings
User reviews rating
85% 2 total reviews
User surveys rating
67% 10 total surveys
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      Living in Jersey City, NJ

      Located in the state of New Jersey, Jersey City is a large city with a population of 261,666 residents. In Jersey City, there are 17,686 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. More than a quarter of the residents of Jersey City identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 23% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language.

      Whether you’re moving to a new city to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Jersey City 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 amenities, crime, cost of living, weather, employment, you can easily compare the best places to live in Jersey City and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Jersey City to New Jersey and the national average.

      Jersey City, NJ receives 62 out of 100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #434 in New Jersey and #20,900 in the USA. Based on the rankings for each individual category, Jersey City has been rewarded with high marks for amenities (A+). The bad news for Jersey City, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: cost of living (F) and education (F).

      Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Jersey City has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Liberty Science Center, Liberty State Park, and Empty Sky - 9/11 Memorial.

      Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Jersey City. 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 Jersey City are affordable.

      Jersey City transportation information

      StatisticJersey CityNew JerseyNational
      Average one way commute37min31min26min
      Workers who drive to work32.4%71.7%76.4%
      Workers who carpool7.3%8.1%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit47.3%11.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.4%0.3%0.6%
      Workers who walk8.1%3.0%2.8%
      Working from home3.3%4.1%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Jersey City, NJ data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).