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3.42% growth
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4.34% decline


The economy of Paterson, NJ employs 58,678 people. The economy of Paterson, NJ is specialized in Transportation & Warehousing; Manufacturing; and Admin., Support, Waste Management Services, which employ respectively 2.16; 1.7; and 1.47 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Paterson, NJ are Manufacturing (9,634), Healthcare & Social Assistance (9,354), and Retail trade (8,029), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($59,792), Educational Services ($34,489), and Finance & Insurance ($33,649).

Median household income in Paterson, NJ is $34,042. Males in Paterson, NJ have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $35,491. The income inequality of Paterson, NJ (measured using the Gini index) is 0.438 which is lower than the national average.


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Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Paterson, NJ. In Passaic County, NJ the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 6-17, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 59 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $10,822. Essex County, NJ has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in New Jersey.


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The closest comparable data for the census place of Paterson, NJ is from the county of Passaic County, NJ.

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Paterson, NJ is home to a population of 146,894 people, from which 82.2% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Paterson, NJ is composed of 88,632 Hispanic residents (60.3%), 38,520 Black residents (26.2%), 12,645 White residents (8.61%), 5,464 Asian residents (3.72%), and 1,321 Two+ residents (0.9%). The most common foreign languages in Paterson, NJ are Spanish (72,307 speakers), Arabic (3,525 speakers), and Other Indic (3,496 speakers), but compared to other places, Paterson, NJ has a relative high number of Other Indic (3,496 speakers), Arabic (3,525 speakers), and Spanish (72,307 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Paterson, NJ awarded 1,613 degrees. The student population of Paterson, NJ is skewed towards females, with 726 male students and 887 female students. Most students in Paterson, NJ are Hispanic or Latino (745 and 46.2%), followed by White (456 and 28.3%), Black or African American (236 and 14.6%), and Unknown (94 and 5.83%). The largest universities in Paterson, NJ by number of graduates are Passaic County Community College (1,447 and 89.7%), Hohokus School of Trade and Technical Sciences (166 and 10.3%), and N/A (N/A and N/A). The most popular majors in Paterson, NJ are Liberal Arts & Sciences (400 and 24.8%), General Business (108 and 6.7%), and Social Work (74 and 4.59%). The median tuition costs in Paterson, NJ are N/A for private four year colleges, and N/A and N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.



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Housing & Living

The median property value in Paterson, NJ is $236,000, which is 1.15 times larger than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value decreased from $246,700 to $236,000, a 4.34% increase. The homeownership rate of Paterson, NJ is 26.2%, which is lower than the national average of 63.6%. People in Paterson, NJ have an average commute time of 23 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Paterson, NJ is lower than the national average, with an average of 1 car per household.


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