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A+ Paterson Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Paterson Cost of Living Cost of living is 8% lower than New Jersey
Paterson
11515% more expensive than the US average
New Jersey
12525% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Paterson cost of living
F Paterson Crime Total crime is 68% higher than New Jersey
Total crime
2,9979% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 349% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-9%Year over year crime is down
Paterson crime
F Paterson Employment Household income is 54% lower than New Jersey
Median household income
$34,04238% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$16,82144% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%equal to the US average
Paterson employment
F Paterson Housing Home value is 25% lower than New Jersey
Median home value
$236,00028% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,12218% higher than the US average
Home ownership
26%59% lower than the US average
Paterson real estate or Paterson rentals
F Paterson Schools HS graduation rate is 21% lower than New Jersey
High school grad. rates
68%18% lower than the US average
School test scores
19%60% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
11:131% lower than the US average
Paterson K-12 schools or Paterson colleges

Living in Paterson, NJ

Paterson is a moderately-sized city located in the state of New Jersey. The city has a population of 146,894 residents. With a population density of 17,460 people per square mile, Paterson is well above the nation's average density level. More than a quarter of the residents of Paterson identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 54% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language. If you are a young adult or student, you might be pleased to know that the average age of all Paterson residents is 33. In Paterson, only 48% of people over the age of fifteen are married. This city could be a good option for singles ready to mingle.

Without the right tools, relocating to any new city can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Paterson, New Jersey could be a good experience for anyone who puts in the time to do the research required. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like cost of living, education, employment, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Paterson and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Paterson to New Jersey and the national average.

The livability score in Paterson is 53/100 and the city is ranked in the 4th 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. Paterson scores well for amenities (A+). There is at least one category that did not score well in Paterson. The following was graded with a less than perfect score: crime (F), cost of living (F), weather (D), education (F), employment (F) and housing (F).

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Paterson 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: Lambert Castle, Great Falls National Historical Park, and Paterson Museum.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Paterson. 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 Paterson are affordable. Median real estate prices in Paterson come in at $236,000, which is 25.4% lower than the New Jersey average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Paterson, the home price to income ratio is 6.9, which is 60.5% higher than the New Jersey average. Real estate appreciation rates in Paterson 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 Paterson homes comes in at 21.2%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 7.4%.

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Compare Paterson, NJ Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Paterson, NJ

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
North Sutton Area, New York7715.117,279
Upper East Side, New York7714.6194,024
Carnegie Hill, New York7614.114,743
Garment District, New York7514.54,769
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Upper West Side, New York7413.1204,475
Central Park, New York7413.82,162
Spuyten Duyvil, New York7013.114,641
Chelsea, New York7014.460,915

Best Cities Near Paterson, NJ

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Zarephath, NJ8333.98
North Hills, NY8127.15,420
Pelham, NY8018.56,996
Plandome, NY8025.21,228
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Jericho, NY8033.713,730
Manhasset, NY80267,996
Upper Montclair, NJ795.411,731
Brookdale, NJ795.69,919

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Paterson, NJ - A historic City Trying to Reinvent Itself

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Community9/10
Nightlife6/10
Dining6/10
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I lived in Paterson for three years. It is truly a melting pot of cultures, allowing me to make friends from nearly every major cultural community. As third largest city in New Jersey, Paterson is a sprawling neighborhood of shops, attractions, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Although, I must admit that you will need to visit Manhattan for serious entertainment, which by the way is only about a 30-45 minute drive, depending on traffic conditions.

Last time I visited Paterson, there were mass renovations because Paterson has plenty of historic Beaux art style buildings. Apartment prices are relatively high compared to other parts of the County. Still, if you are looking for good value then find accommodation as far away from downtown Paterson, as possible. Alternately, if you have cash to spend then there can be nothing better than many historic apartment buildings which are a steal compared to other luxury accommodations in New Jersey.

Perhaps, everyone in Paterson falls in love with its famous, Great Falls. The 70 meter drop and adjacent electric power plant are one of the best attractions in New Jersey. Another interesting aspect of the city is its central location which provides easy access to night life in New York and recreational activities at Delaware River or Bear Mountain.

Due to many groups congregating in one place, crime is an issue in Paterson. Fortunately, I never faced any problems. My friends tell me that volunteers and Police Patrol have increased surveillance, which may provide incentives for people to relocate.
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Source: The Paterson, NJ data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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