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A+ Passaic Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Passaic Cost of Living Cost of living is 1% lower than New Jersey
12323% more expensive than the US average
New Jersey
12323% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Passaic cost of living
D- Passaic Crime Total crime is 50% higher than New Jersey
Total crime
2,4196% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 426% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
14%Year over year crime is up
Passaic crime
F Passaic Employment Household income is 54% lower than New Jersey
Median household income
$33,85939% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$15,63048% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%3% lower than the US average
Passaic employment
F Passaic Housing Home value is 4% lower than New Jersey
Median home value
$303,60064% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,12218% higher than the US average
Home ownership
23%63% lower than the US average
Passaic real estate or Passaic rentals
F Passaic Schools HS graduation rate is 26% lower than New Jersey
High school grad. rates
64%23% lower than the US average
School test scores
21%57% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
13:118% lower than the US average
Passaic K-12 schools

Living in Passaic, NJ

Passaic is a mid-sized city located in the state of New Jersey. The city has a population of 70,536 people. With a population density of 22,514 people per square mile, Passaic is well above the nation's average density level. More than a quarter of the residents of Passaic identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 68% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language. Passaic tends to attract a younger crowd, as the median age of 29 is far below the national average.

Without the right tools, moving to any new city can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Passaic, New Jersey could be a fulfilling experience for anyone who puts in the time to do the research required. To help you find the best places to live in and around Passaic, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, cost of living, weather, employment, housing and more.

The livability score in Passaic is 56/100 and the city is ranked in the 8th percentile of all cities across America. This score ranks well below the United States average. With such a low livability score, it might be worth investigating a little further. This score also puts it among the worst 10 percent of cities in all of America. There are seven total categories that create the livability score. Passaic ranks well for amenities (A+). Passaic does not fare well for the following: crime (D-), cost of living (F), education (F), employment (F) and housing (F). It might be a good idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Passaic on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops.

Assuming that Passaic meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Passaic. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Passaic are simply unattainable. The median home price for Passaic homes is $303,600, which is 4% lower than the New Jersey average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Passaic, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 9, which is 109.3% higher than the New Jersey average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Passaic area were 21.2% and 5 year appreciation rates were 7.9%.

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Compare Passaic, NJ Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Passaic, NJ

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Cobble Hill, New York8013.410,281
Liberty Park, Jersey City7811.5447
Battery Park, New York7711.613,570
North Sutton Area, New York771117,279
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Upper East Side, New York7710.6194,024
Carnegie Hill, New York7610.314,743
Garment District, New York7510.24,769
Upper West Side, New York749.2204,475

Best Cities Near Passaic, NJ

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Zarephath, NJ8332.28
Plainsboro Center, NJ8343.62,733
North Hills, NY8124.15,420
Princeton, NJ8144.630,168
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Pelham, NY8017.16,996
Plandome, NY8022.51,228
Jericho, NY803113,730
Manhasset, NY8023.17,996

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Its getting more dangerous each year

There has been an increase of robberies and gang affiliated crime also if you are looking for a job look elsewhere people are exploited by their job and nobody is doing nothing about it poverty has increased and there are a lot of corrupt policeman on duty if you come to downtown it will be certain that you will see a cop getting paid to not do their job and some do drugs.In one month we had 12 murders and 25 robberies our community knows about it but are to scared to take action since there are also corruption in the city center and people who tried got arrested and put false charges against them.Recently there has been a school shooter and nobody was prepared for it in the schools of passaic teachers are underpaid and not capable of teaching most of the students who graduate are not ready for college and most of the students drop out of highschool.
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Passaic, NJ - Avoid at all cost

Not only is there nothing to do in this lousy city, but the people are mean and shady. I had the displeasure of going to Passaic on a business trip and there is absolutely nothing worthwhile in the whole city. It is just a bland, boring city.

Seriously, the only thing in Passaic was its old theater. The Montauk Theatre was built in 1924, and unless you are a classic movie buff (which I am not) then you won't enjoy anything about it. I stayed in the Passaic Hotel, a no star hotel with budget rooms and horrible service. I seriously saw a rat in my room! The food was decent, about the same as what you would could get at home.

This is by far the worst city I have visited. I know I was there on business, but they could have at least tried to put in some attractions. This city has put no effort in to making Passaic a tourist attraction, and it really shows how much theu care for their guests. The only real 'attraction' I saw was the Rack N Roll Family Fun Center, and unless you are there with a family why would you bother?
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