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Essex County, New Jersey (NJ)

County population in 2014: 795,723 (100% urban, 0% rural); it was 793,633 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 97,293
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 31,053
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 129,489
Renter-occupied apartments: 155,366 (it was 154,247 in 2000)
% of renters here:

54%
State:

35%

Land area: 126 sq. mi.

Water area: 3.3 sq. mi.

Population density: 6302 people per square mile   (very high).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Essex County: 120.6 (high, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (35.5%), Educational, health and social services (11.9%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (11.4%), Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services (10.3%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 73%
  • Government: 2%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 25%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Essex County, New Jersey:

  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (39.3%)
  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (33.2%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (20.3%)
  • Asian alone (4.5%)
  • Two or more races (1.7%)
  • Some other race alone (0.8%)
Median resident age:  36.0 years
New Jersey median age:  39.0 years
Males: 381,600  (48.0%)
Females: 414,123  (52.0%)
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Essex County,NJ real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Essex County:

2.0 people
New Jersey:

3 people
Estimated median household income in 2015: $52,041 ($44,944 in 1999)

This county:

$52,041
New Jersey:

$72,222

Median contract rent in 2015 for apartments: $950 (lower quartile is $741, upper quartile is $1,221)
This county:

$950
State:

$1085


Estimated median house or condo value in 2015: $375,900 (it was $188,400 in 2000)
Essex:

$375,900
New Jersey:

$322,600
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $255,600 - $582,500

Mean price in 2015:

Detached houses: $506,039
Here:

$506,039
State:

$413,839

Townhouses or other attached units: $341,959
Here:

$341,959
State:

$278,381

In 2-unit structures: $280,925
Here:

$280,925
State:

$336,678

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $251,929
Here:

$251,929
State:

$276,421

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $261,549
Here:

$261,549
State:

$278,632

Mobile homes: $244,303
Here:

$244,303
State:

$76,578
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $2,706
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $1,250

Institutionalized population: 12,126
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Health of residents in Essex County based on CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Questionnaires from 2003 to 2012:

General health status score of residents in this county from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) is 3.4. This is about average.
67.8% of residents exercised in the past month. This is less than average.
40.4% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is less than average.
69.8% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is less than average.
69.0% of residents visited a dentist within the past year. This is about average.
Average weight of males is 190 pounds. This is about average.
Average weight of females is 165 pounds. This is about average.
7.4% of residents keep firearms around their homes. This is less than average.

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2000: 686 buildings, average cost: $135,500
  • 2001: 494 buildings, average cost: $126,700
  • 2002: 350 buildings, average cost: $151,800
  • 2003: 386 buildings, average cost: $180,600
  • 2004: 436 buildings, average cost: $188,700
  • 2005: 718 buildings, average cost: $236,600
  • 2006: 654 buildings, average cost: $242,200
  • 2007: 460 buildings, average cost: $244,400
  • 2008: 455 buildings, average cost: $231,500
  • 2009: 227 buildings, average cost: $256,900
  • 2010: 271 buildings, average cost: $259,700
  • 2011: 183 buildings, average cost: $334,000
  • 2012: 248 buildings, average cost: $267,300
  • 2013: 395 buildings, average cost: $201,100
  • 2014: 308 buildings, average cost: $222,700

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2015: $9,971 (2.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2015: $10,001 (2.7%)

Essex County household income distribution in 2009 Essex County home values distribution Essex County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 17.1%
(7.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 22.0% for Black residents, 24.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 21.8% for American Indian residents, 26.1% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 26.5% for other race residents, 21.1% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 17.1%
Essex County:

17.1%
New Jersey:

10.8%
(7.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 22.0% for Black residents, 24.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 21.8% for American Indian residents, 26.1% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 26.5% for other race residents, 21.1% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2015: 37 years old
(Males: 35 years old, Females: 38 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 45 years old, Black residents: 35 years old, American Indian residents: 38 years old, Asian residents: 39 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 31 years old, Other race residents: 33 years old)

Area name: Newark, NJ HUD Metro FMR Area
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Essex County is $879 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $1004 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $1202 a month.

Cities in this county include: Newark, East Orange, Irvington, Bloomfield, West Orange, Montclair, Belleville, Orange, Livingston, Nutley.

Essex County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

2012 air pollution in Essex County:

Carbon Monoxide: 0.332 ppm (standard limit: 9 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Nitrogen Dioxide: 0.02 ppm (standard limit: 0.053 ppm). Significanly above U.S. average.
Ozone (1-hour): 0.024 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Below U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 9.0 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.
Sulfur Oxides Annual: 0.001 ppm (standard limit: 0.03 ppm). Near U.S. average.

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Neighboring counties: Fremont County, Iowa , Lehigh County, Pennsylvania , Suffolk County, New York , Mills County, Iowa , Putnam County, Missouri , Warren County, Illinois .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

6.7%
New Jersey:

5.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 47,684
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 75.6%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 27.5%

Number of foreign born residents: 168,165 (44% naturalized citizens)

Essex County:

21.2%
Whole state:

17.5%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 40,246
  • 1990 to 1994: 32,697
  • 1985 to 1989: 27,960
  • 1980 to 1984: 20,816
  • 1975 to 1979: 13,134
  • 1970 to 1974: 12,569
  • 1970 to 1974: 8,491
  • 1965 to 1969: 12,252
Note: State values scaled to Essex County population

Mean travel time to work (commute): 31.2 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 53.4%

Essex County marital status for males Essex County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 103,183
  • One, attached: 11,848
  • Two: 43,847
  • 3 or 4: 48,235
  • 5 to 9: 19,146
  • 10 to 19: 16,509
  • 20 or more: 57,987
  • Mobile homes: 221
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 35

Housing units in Essex County with a mortgage: 68,863 (6,720 second mortgage, 9,536 home equity loan, 372 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 26,902

Here:

71.9% with mortgage
State:

71.5% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Essex County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic261,96665
Other61,85081
Mainline Protestant41,339171
Black Protestant38,68788
Evangelical Protestant34,666191
Orthodox6,18812
None339,273-
Essex County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 305
Essex County:

3.95 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.90 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 119
This county:

1.54 / 10,000 pop.
New Jersey:

1.76 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 30
Essex County:

0.39 / 10,000 pop.
New Jersey:

0.81 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 463
This county:

6.00 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.15 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Essex County:

9.4%
New Jersey:

8.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Essex County:

25.3%
State:

23.3%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

16.5%
State:

18.0%

Agriculture in Essex County:

Average size of farms: 10 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $49,116
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 85.51%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 1.19%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $30,251
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $28,048
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 40.00%
Average age of principal farm operators: 54 years

Earthquake activity:

Essex County-area historical earthquake activity is near New Jersey state average. It is 87% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 220.0 miles away from Essex County center
On 1/16/1994 at 01:49:16, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 100.1 miles away from the county center
On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MB, 4.2 MS, 5.2 MW, 5.0 MW, Depth: 6.8 mi) earthquake occurred 258.2 miles away from the county center
On 1/16/1994 at 00:42:43, a magnitude 4.2 (4.2 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 98.7 miles away from the county center
On 8/22/1992 at 12:20:32, a magnitude 4.8 (4.8 MB, 3.8 MS, 4.7 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 236.9 miles away from Essex County center
On 8/26/2003 at 18:24:18, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 LG, 3.5 ML, Depth: 1.9 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 47.7 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • New Jersey Severe Winter Storm and Snowstorm, Incident Period: January 22, 2016 to January 24, 2016, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4264: March 14, 2016, FEMA Id: 4264, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Winter Storm
  • New Jersey Hurricane Sandy, Incident Period: October 26, 2012 to November 08, 2012, Emergency Declared EM-3354: October 28, 2012, FEMA Id: 3354, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • New Jersey Hurricane Sandy, Incident Period: October 26, 2012 to November 08, 2012, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4086: October 30, 2012, FEMA Id: 4086, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • New Jersey Severe Storm, Incident Period: October 29, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4048: November 30, 2011, FEMA Id: 4048, Natural disaster type: Storm
  • New Jersey Hurricane Irene, Incident Period: August 27, 2011 to September 05, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4021: August 31, 2011, FEMA Id: 4021, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • New Jersey Hurricane Irene, Incident Period: August 26, 2011 to September 05, 2011, Emergency Declared EM-3332: August 27, 2011, FEMA Id: 3332, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • New Jersey Severe Winter Storm and Snowstorm, Incident Period: December 26, 2010 to December 27, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1954: February 04, 2011, FEMA Id: 1954, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Winter Storm
  • New Jersey Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: March 12, 2010 to April 15, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1897: April 02, 2010, FEMA Id: 1897, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • New Jersey Severe Storms and Inland and Coastal Flooding, Incident Period: April 14, 2007 to April 20, 2007, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1694: April 26, 2007, FEMA Id: 1694, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • New Jersey Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3257: September 19, 2005, FEMA Id: 3257, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • 17 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Essex County (27) is a lot greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 17
Emergencies Declared: 10

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 8, Hurricanes: 7, Storms: 7, Heavy Rains: 4, Snowstorms: 3, Blizzards: 2, Water Shortages: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Power Outage: 1, Tornado: 1, Wind: 1, Other: 2 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (27%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Retail trade (9%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (8%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (27%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Retail trade (9%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (8%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
Most common occupations in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Management occupations (11%)
  • Sales and related occupations (9%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (9%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (9%)
  • Transportation occupations (8%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (6%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (5%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (17%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (10%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (8%)
  • Management occupations (8%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (6%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Haiti (9%)
  • Portugal (8%)
  • Ecuador (8%)
  • Jamaica (7%)
  • Dominican Republic (5%)
  • Guyana (5%)
  • Brazil (5%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Essex County (%):

  • Italian (12%)
  • Irish (6%)
  • German (3%)
  • United States or American (3%)
  • Haitian (3%)
  • Portuguese (3%)
  • Polish (3%)

Essex County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 201,772 (61%)
  • Carpooled: 39,295 (12%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 41,473 (13%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 176 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 4,544 (1%)
  • Railroad: 13,651 (4%)
  • Ferryboat: 49 (0%)
  • Taxi: 1,292 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 37 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 498 (0%)
  • Walked: 13,922 (4%)
  • Other means: 2,399 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 9,106 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Essex County, New Jersey in 2000:

  • 6,138 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 6,061 people in nursing homes
  • 2,652 people in state prisons
  • 2,037 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 1,856 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 966 people in halfway houses
  • 753 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 522 people in religious group quarters
  • 346 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 324 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 294 people in training schools for juvenile delinquents
  • 186 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 186 people in other hospitals or wards for chronically ill
  • 179 people in other group homes
  • 124 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 121 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 75 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 73 people in orthopedic wards and institutions for the physically handicapped
  • 72 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 9 people in unknown juvenile institutions

People in group quarters in Essex County, New Jersey in 2010:

  • 4,972 people in college/university student housing
  • 4,510 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 3,802 people in state prisons
  • 3,300 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 2,305 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 1,746 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 1,240 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 676 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 593 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 359 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 96 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 75 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 63 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals and psychiatric units in other hospitals
  • 30 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 5 people in hospitals with patients who have no usual home elsewhere
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $71,275.

5.07% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($56,840 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.07%
New Jersey average:

5.08%


0.07% of residents moved from foreign countries ($1,014 average AGI)
Essex County:

0.07%
New Jersey average:

0.06%

2.87% relocated from other counties in New Jersey ($31,425 average AGI)
2.13% relocated from other states ($24,401 average AGI)
Essex County:

2.13%
New Jersey average:

2.19%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Union County, NJ  0.69% ($43,744 average AGI)
from Hudson County, NJ  0.59% ($68,787)
from Passaic County, NJ  0.37% ($49,775)
from Bergen County, NJ  0.33% ($61,601)
from Morris County, NJ  0.26% ($72,943)
from New York County, NY  0.25% ($119,507)
from Middlesex County, NJ  0.23% ($50,280)


6.03% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($63,660 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.03%
New Jersey average:

5.65%


0.09% of residents moved to foreign countries ($995 average AGI)
Essex County:

0.09%
New Jersey average:

0.09%

3.36% relocated to other counties in New Jersey ($31,095 average AGI)
2.58% relocated to other states ($31,570 average AGI)
Essex County:

2.58%
New Jersey average:

2.75%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Union County, NJ  0.92% ($45,825 average AGI)
to Hudson County, NJ  0.54% ($46,452)
to Morris County, NJ  0.37% ($84,301)
to Bergen County, NJ  0.34% ($58,347)
to Passaic County, NJ  0.34% ($56,911)
to Middlesex County, NJ  0.32% ($46,691)
to New York County, NY  0.26% ($66,897)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 16.4
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 15.2
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 13.9

Births per 1000 population in Essex County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.0
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 8.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 7.5

Deaths per 1000 population in Essex County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 11.7
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 8.1
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2007 to 2013: 6.9

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Essex County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 18.5%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 5.9%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Essex County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Essex County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 98,634 (82,317 aged, 16,317 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 27,559 (14%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Essex County, New Jersey in 1999 - 2014:

  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (7,961)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (7,293)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (5,270)
  • Septicaemia, unspecified (3,353)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (2,746)
  • Unspecified diabetes mellitus, without complications (2,541)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (2,466)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (2,277)
  • Breast, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (2,027)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (1,951)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 15%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 10%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 1.38
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 18,988
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 491
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 55,438

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,457
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 803
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 26

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 68
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 87

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 10
Beer, wine & liquor stores per 100,000 population in 2005: 1
Fitness & recreation sports centers per 100,000 population in 2005: 8,354

EPA green book nonattainment status in 2004-2006: 1

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 170.7. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of homicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 122.6
  • Cut/Pierce - 18.7
  • Transportation-Related, Overall - 8.0
  • Terrorism - 7.8
  • Other - 13.6

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 52.7. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Suffocation - 19.6
  • Firearm - 14.2
  • Poisoning - 8.7
  • Fall - 4.0
  • Other - 6.2

Household type by relationship:

Households: 760,197
  • In family households: 645,040 (104,343 male householders, 84,996 female householders)
    113,673 spouses, 245,726 children (232,723 natural, 5,793 adopted, 7,210 stepchildren), 20,627 grandchildren, 15,422 brothers or sisters, 11,923 parents, 19,910 other relatives, 22,762 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 115,157 (42,135 male householders (33,262 living alone)), 52,238 female householders (45,266 living alone)), 20,784 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 23,772 (12,126 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 62,644 2-persons, 48,941 3-persons, 42,382 4-persons, 20,830 5-persons, 8,254 6-persons, 6,288 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 78,528 1-person, 12,869 2-persons, 1,783 3-persons, 772 4-persons, 264 5-persons, 81 6-persons, 76 7-or-more-persons.

108,634 married couples with children.
65,899 single-parent households (10,059 men, 55,840 women).

70.3% of residents of Essex County speak English at home.
14.8% of residents speak Spanish at home (51% speak English very well, 21% speak English well, 19% speak English not well, 8% don't speak English at all).
10.8% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (55% speak English very well, 23% speak English well, 17% speak English not well, 6% don't speak English at all).
2.4% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (63% speak English very well, 24% speak English well, 12% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
1.7% of residents speak other language at home (80% speak English very well, 14% speak English well, 5% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $5,727,450,000 ($7,189 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $99,666,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $1,522,513,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $1,236,834,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $65,773,000
Federal grants: $2,120,618,000
Federal procurement contracts: $237,516,000 ($79,619,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $544,196,000 ($8,935,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $29,991,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $693,880,000
Federal Government insurance: $414,952,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 65,101
Here:

82 per 1000 residents
State:

69 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 36,881
Here:

47 per 1000 residents
State:

44 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +33,386
Here:

+42 per 1000 residents
State:

+33 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -61,223
Here -77 per 1000 residents
State -22 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Essex County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 32.21 millions of gallons per day (79% from ground, 21% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.8
State:

6.6

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

3.7
State:

3.8

Year house built

  • 2014 or later: 536
  • 2010 to 2013: 5,478
  • 2000 to 2009: 24,582
  • 1990 to 1999: 16,629
  • 1980 to 1989: 16,262
  • 1970 to 1979: 27,650
  • 1960 to 1969: 41,197
  • 1950 to 1959: 48,560
  • 1940 to 1949: 34,727
  • 1939 or earlier: 99,129
Note: State values scaled to Essex population
Rooms in houses/apartments in Essex County, New Jersey
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Essex County population
  • 1 room: 199
  • 2 rooms: 882
  • 3 rooms: 3,794
  • 4 rooms: 8,449
  • 5 rooms: 18,154
  • 6 rooms: 26,696
  • 7 rooms: 24,209
  • 8 rooms: 19,800
  • 9+ rooms: 27,306
  • 1 room: 9,968
  • 2 rooms: 17,043
  • 3 rooms: 41,426
  • 4 rooms: 36,194
  • 5 rooms: 32,031
  • 6 rooms: 10,743
  • 7 rooms: 3,447
  • 8 rooms: 1,581
  • 9+ rooms: 1,814
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Essex County, New Jersey
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Essex County population
  • no bedroom: 307
  • 1 bedroom: 5,972
  • 2 bedrooms: 24,113
  • 3 bedrooms: 53,527
  • 4 bedrooms: 28,585
  • 5+ bedrooms: 16,985
  • no bedroom: 11,609
  • 1 bedroom: 60,328
  • 2 bedrooms: 54,094
  • 3 bedrooms: 22,583
  • 4 bedrooms: 3,964
  • 5+ bedrooms: 1,669
Cars and other vehicles available in Essex County, New Jersey in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Essex County population
  • no vehicle: 9,487
  • 1 vehicle: 39,866
  • 2 vehicles: 57,387
  • 3 vehicles: 16,849
  • 4 vehicles: 4,378
  • 5+ vehicles: 1,522
  • no vehicle: 62,537
  • 1 vehicle: 65,461
  • 2 vehicles: 22,085
  • 3 vehicles: 2,997
  • 4 vehicles: 400
  • 5+ vehicles: 767

61% of Essex County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 68% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 56% lived in New Jersey.

Essex County:

60.9%
State average:

62.3%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 424,219
  • Northeast: 86,279
  • Midwest: 10,433
  • South: 70,259
  • West: 5,356

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $156,200


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Essex County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (72.8%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (21.9%)
  • Electricity (3.5%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1.4%)
  • Utility gas (57.5%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (20.5%)
  • Electricity (15.1%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (4.4%)
  • Other fuel (1.3%)
  • No fuel used (1.0%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 14,062
Here:

14.7%
New Jersey:

13.2%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 7,062
Here:

14.9%
New Jersey:

13.0%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 13,503
Here:

35.2%
New Jersey:

30.1%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Essex County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Federal Categorical Assistance Programs: $63,818,000
    Public Welfare, Cash Assistance Programs - Other: $10,673,000
  • Construction - Hospitals: $31,633,000
    Parks and Recreation: $15,374,000
    Regular Highways: $11,075,000
    General - Other: $9,189,000
    Other Higher Education: $2,985,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,734,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,264,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $751,000
  • Current Operations - General - Other: $113,989,000
    Correctional Institutions: $84,955,000
    Other Higher Education: $82,113,000
    Police Protection: $39,199,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $36,759,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $34,536,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $33,569,000
    Hospitals: $25,498,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Other Purposes: $25,276,000
    Parks and Recreation: $15,580,000
    Housing and Community Development: $9,095,000
    General Public Buildings: $8,287,000
    Central Staff Services: $6,023,000
    Regular Highways: $5,872,000
    Health - Other: $4,978,000
    Higher Education Auxiliary Enterprises: $3,702,000
    Financial Administration: $2,419,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $530,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $172,000
    Solid Waste Management: $95,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $18,959,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Other Higher Education: $0
  • Intergovernmental to State - Public Welfare: $10,287,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Parks and Recreation: $4,665,000
    Other Higher Education: $1,398,000
    Health - Other: $719,000
    Hospitals: $83,000
    General - Other: $45,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $26,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $273,308,000

Essex County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - Higher Education - Other: $38,467,000
    All Other: $29,420,000
    Parks and Recreation: $5,309,000
    Higher Education Auxiliary Enterprises: $3,696,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Lunch: $246,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Housing and Community Development: $9,580,000
    Education: $3,634,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Education: $31,785,000
    All Other: $726,000
  • Miscellaneous - Fines and Forfeits: $6,817,000
    Interest Earnings: $4,771,000
    Rents: $816,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $726,000
    Sale of Property: $5,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $101,735,000
    Health and Hospitals: $94,789,000
    All Other: $63,251,000
    Education: $39,759,000
    Highways: $4,847,000
    General Local Government Support: $3,105,000
  • Tax - Property: $321,299,000

Essex County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $451,592,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $398,149,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $163,610,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $110,167,000

Essex County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $77,003,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $87,790,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 25,464
  • Number of aged recipients: 3,835
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 21,629
  • Number of recipients under 18: 4,561
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 13,926
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 6,977
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 7,348
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 12,450
Essex County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Essex County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 211 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1,717$272,6682,331$378,17111,445$316,340485$152,48792$1,971,935394$208,3106$154,167
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED221$257,760361$390,1161,228$291,791111$83,9018$1,121,75079$252,6710$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED693$264,055654$298,7955,188$292,650678$73,57819$866,368422$192,3606$108,667
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN440$263,777374$348,1182,741$296,398116$147,3718$1,258,875176$224,7782$280,500
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS272$271,434133$330,9551,000$300,62738$136,2632$367,00059$231,6440$0
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 145 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED282$328,245130$351,3920$0
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED167$313,86876$327,0534$241,250
APPLICATIONS DENIED63$337,23847$332,9790$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN29$364,51722$351,6360$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS22$397,8645$292,6003$453,333

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most common first names in Essex County, NJ among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John8,75872.4 years
Mary8,26178.7 years
William6,65572.4 years
Joseph6,37773.9 years
James6,08269.7 years
Anna4,12980.3 years
Charles3,89172.4 years
George3,70073.5 years
Robert3,69067.6 years
Frank3,57674.4 years
Most common last names in Essex County, NJ among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Williams2,97068.9 years
Smith2,93670.7 years
Johnson2,34470.1 years
Brown2,19068.9 years
Jones2,18769.9 years
Davis1,59269.2 years
Jackson1,30067.5 years
Miller1,04874.1 years
Thomas1,03968.4 years
Harris1,00167.9 years
Businesses in Essex County, NJ
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven9J.Crew1
A&P2JoS. A. Bank1
ALDO1Jones New York7
AT&T11Journeys1
Abercrombie & Fitch1Justice2
Ace Hardware2KFC8
Advance Auto Parts4Kmart2
Aeropostale1La Quinta1
American Eagle Outfitters1La-Z-Boy1
Ann Taylor3Lane Bryant1
Apple Store1Lane Furniture2
Applebee's1LensCrafters1
Ashley Furniture1Little Caesars Pizza2
Audi1Macy's3
AutoZone6Marriott5
Avenue1Marshalls1
BMW1MasterBrand Cabinets31
Bakers1McDonald's18
Banana Republic1Men's Wearhouse1
Barnes & Noble1Motherhood Maternity4
Baskin-Robbins9New Balance12
Bath & Body Works1New York & Co1
Bebe1Nike11
Ben & Jerry's1Nissan1
Best Western4Nordstrom1
Blockbuster5Old Navy1
Brooks Brothers1Olive Garden1
Brookstone2Pac Sun1
Brunswick Bowling & Billiards1Panera Bread4
Budget Car Rental3Papa John's Pizza7
Burger King11Pathmark6
CVS18Payless11
Cache2Penske4
Casual Male XL1PetSmart1
Catherines1Pizza Hut2
Charlotte Russe1Popeyes6
Chevrolet2Pottery Barn1
Chico's1Pottery Barn Kids1
Chipotle1Qdoba Mexican Grill2
Cinnabon 1Quiznos2
Circle K1RadioShack14
Cold Stone Creamery3Ramada2
Comfort Inn1Raymour & Flanigan2
Comfort Suites1Rite Aid16
Crate & Barrel1Ryder Rental & Truck Leasing1
Curves2Saks Fifth Avenue1
DHL5Sears7
Dairy Queen1Sephora1
Decora Cabinetry7Sheraton1
Domino's Pizza10Spencer Gifts1
DressBarn2Sprint Nextel7
Dressbarn1Staples4
Dunkin Donuts61Starbucks17
Express2Stop & Shop2
FedEx113Subaru1
Finish Line1Subway29
Firestone Complete Auto Care4T-Mobile1
Food Basics1T.G.I. Driday's1
Foot Locker5T.J.Maxx1
Ford1Taco Bell2
Forever 211Talbots2
GNC15Target1
GameStop9The Cheesecake Factory1
Gap3The Room Place5
Goodwill4Torrid1
Gymboree1Toyota1
H&M1Toys"R"Us3
H&R Block19True Value9
Harmon Face Values3U-Haul18
Haworth1UPS157
Hilton3Urban Outfitters1
Holiday Inn2Verizon Wireless3
Hollister Co.2Victoria's Secret2
Home Depot2Walgreens14
Hot Topic1Wendy's10
Houlihan's1White Castle5
Hyundai1Whole Foods Market2
IHOP4YMCA7
J. Jill1

Essex County on our top lists:

  • #7 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Nitrogen Dioxide air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
  • #9 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents that keep firearms around their homes"
  • #19 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Black Protestant adherents (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #19 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Black Protestant adherents"
  • #20 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for Obama (Democrat) in the 2012 Presidential Election (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #23 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Black Protestant congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #23 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Black Protestant congregations"
  • #24 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest decrease in the number of deaths per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #37 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #38 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic congregations"
  • #38 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant congregations"
  • #39 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #40 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for Obama (Democrat) in the 2012 Presidential Election"
  • #40 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Other adherents"
  • #40 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Other adherents (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #42 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Orthodox congregations"
  • #44 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Orthodox adherents"
  • #44 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Orthodox adherents (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #44 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Orthodox congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #48 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents that smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives"