Jersey City, New Jersey Population 2024

291,559

Jersey City is a city located in Hudson County New Jersey. Jersey City has a 2024 population of 291,559. Jersey City is currently declining at a rate of -0.03% annually and its population has decreased by -0.13% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 291,949 in 2020.

The average household income in Jersey City is $132,092 with a poverty rate of 15.13%. The median age in Jersey City is 34.6 years: 34.1 years for males, and 35.1 years for females.

Jersey City is located in the state of New Jersey. It is the county seat of Hudson County, and it is the largest city by population within that county. Jersey City is part of the New York metro area and serves as a transportation, distribution, and manufacturing center for the Port of New York and New Jersey.

Jersey City Population Growth

In its earliest years, Jersey City experienced substantial population growth, reaching over 100,000 residents by 1880 and more than 200,000 by 1900. However, the period between the 1930s and 1990s saw a decline in population. As mentioned, this was due to rising crime rates, political corruption, and other problems within the city. However, efforts in the late 1980s were successful in bringing more residents into Jersey City, posting a 2.2% increase between 1980 and 1990. Since the last census taken in 2010, the population has risen by over 6%, showing that this once thriving city is back on track to see continued growth in the future.

The Lenape once inhabited the area that is now Jersey City. Henry Hudson arrived in the region in 1609. A land grant to Michael Reyniersz Pauw was used to purchase the land from the Lenape in 1630.

In the late 1700s, Alexander Hamilton and other prominent people in New York and New Jersey went to work to develop what is now historic downtown Jersey City. An interesting fact about Jersey City is that during the 19th century, former slaves used the Underground Railroad to reach this city. Jersey City was not incorporated as a city until 1820. It was reincorporated in 1829, then again in 1838. Two years later, it was made part of Hudson County.

The 1850s through the 1880s saw the introduction of the railroad, which through the 20th century was one of the biggest employers in the city. During the 19th and 20th centuries, the city was a dock and manufacturing town. It was also a city that attracted many immigrants from Germany, Italy, and Ireland.

The 1970s saw a decline in urban population as more people moved to the suburbs following high crime rates, political corruption, and hardships. Through the 1970s and early 1980s, Jersey City lost 9% of its workforce, while the 30-year period from 1950 to 1980 saw a loss of 75,000 residents. However, later in the 1980s, revitalization efforts began to bring in more residents. This included the construction of high-rise buildings, the development of the financial district, and a thriving downtown area.

Jersey City Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Jersey City was:

  • White: 30.49%
  • Asian: 25.78%
  • Black or African American: 21.52%
  • Two or more races: 12.21%
  • Other race: 9.41%
  • Native American: 0.59%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.01%
Land Area (mi²)
14.7 sq mi
Density (mi²)
19,769.50/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-0.13% (-390)
The current population of Jersey City, New Jersey is 291,559 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates (released May 2024). The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 291,949.

Population by Race

Download Table Data

Enter your email below, and you'll receive this table's data in your inbox momentarily.

Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White87,79230.49%
Asian74,22325.78%
Black or African American61,94621.52%
Two or more races35,14412.21%
Other race27,0789.41%
Native American1,6960.59%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander200.01%

White

Asian

Black or African American

Two or more races

Other race

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Jersey City Population by Race

Jersey City Population Pyramid 2024

Jersey City Median Age

34.6

Total

34.1

Male

35.1

Female

Jersey City Adults

There are 229,461 adults, (32,671 of whom are seniors) in Jersey City.

Jersey City Age Dependency

46.3

Age Dependency Ratio

16.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

29.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Jersey City Sex Ratio

Female141,97849.32%
Male145,92150.68%

Jersey City Population by Age

Jersey City Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All119,2782.3929.270.8
Non Family51,6671.3421.678.4
Married45,7513.2339.660.4
Female16,3383.224.475.6
Male5,5222.929.570.5

3.11

Average Family Size

2.39

Average Household Size

29.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Jersey City Households and Families

Male

Female

Download Table Data

Enter your email below, and you'll receive this table's data in your inbox momentarily.

Education Attained
Count
Percentage
9th to 12th Grade9,2814.47%
Associates Degree9,5014.58%
Bachelors Degree59,97328.91%
Graduate Degree47,66322.98%
High School Graduate44,39821.4%
Less Than 9th Grade11,3885.49%
Some College25,24212.17%

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Jersey City Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Jersey City Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

Download Table Data

Enter your email below, and you'll receive this table's data in your inbox momentarily.

Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
Asian56,61552,87542,725
White52,77850,52335,000
Hispanic52,45441,79414,413
Black40,65336,64811,906
2+ Races22,49819,1408,916
Other Race18,08914,1004,175
Native American1,269959366
Islander20200

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 75.47%.

Jersey City Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

Download Table Data

Enter your email below, and you'll receive this table's data in your inbox momentarily.

Name
Average
Male
Female
Bachelors Degree$81,390$89,262$74,458
Graduate Degree$111,062$121,060$95,417
High School Graduate$35,890$40,698$30,536
Less Than 9th Grade$29,366$33,856$21,834
Overall$67,111$73,023$58,334
Some College$42,616$55,528$33,936

$67,111

Average Earnings

$73,023

Average Male

$58,334

Average Female

Jersey City Earnings by Educational Attainment

Jersey City Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Jersey City Language

48.56% of Jersey City residents speak only English, while 51.44% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 20.45% of the population.

Jersey City Language

Jersey City Poverty by Race

rate

Download Table Data

Enter your email below, and you'll receive this table's data in your inbox momentarily.

Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
Hispanic77,51515,62920.16%
Black61,28912,58820.54%
White65,4507,45211.39%
Asian73,6847,37610.01%
Other27,0265,90021.83%
Multiple34,7474,87914.04%
Native1,69630517.98%
Islander2020100%

15.13%

Overall Poverty Rate

12.87%

Male Poverty Rate

17.46%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Jersey City

The race most likely to be in poverty in Jersey City is Islander, with 100% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Jersey City is Asian, with 10.01% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.49%. Among those working part-time, it was 18.21%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 31.17%.

Jersey City Poverty

rate

Download Table Data

Enter your email below, and you'll receive this table's data in your inbox momentarily.

Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade28.98%
High School18.76%
Some College15.84%
Bachelors or Greater5.74%

Jersey City Poverty Rate by Education

rate

Download Table Data

Enter your email below, and you'll receive this table's data in your inbox momentarily.

Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed30.55%
Male Unemployed30.31%
Female Employed6.83%
Male Employed4.19%

Jersey City Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Jersey City Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

Download Table Data

Enter your email below, and you'll receive this table's data in your inbox momentarily.

Name
Median
Mean
Families$102,072$146,050
Households$91,151$132,092
Married Families$132,780$181,717
Non Families$74,219$109,514

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Jersey City Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

43.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

44.8%

Male Marriage Rate

41.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Jersey City Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Jersey City Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Jersey City Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Jersey City Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

4,312

Number of Veterans

3,932

Male Veterans

380

Female Veterans

Download Table Data

Enter your email below, and you'll receive this table's data in your inbox momentarily.

War
Veterans
Second Gulf War980
Vietnam901
First Gulf War828
Korea244
World War II18

Jersey City Veterans by War

count

Download Table Data

Enter your email below, and you'll receive this table's data in your inbox momentarily.

Age Group
Veterans
55 to 641,191
35 to 54938
65 to 74753
75+742
18 to 34688

Jersey City Veterans by Age

count

Download Table Data

Enter your email below, and you'll receive this table's data in your inbox momentarily.

Name
Veterans
% of Total
White1,8262.49%
Hispanic1,2152.05%
Black1,1702.5%
Asian5170.83%
2+ Races4441.77%
Other Race2821.37%
Native American735.38%

Jersey City Veterans by Race

Jersey City Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

7.85%

Veteran Poverty Rate

21.65%

Veteran Disability Rate

Jersey City Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

69.8%

Labor Force Participation

65.8%

Employment Rate

5.8%

Unemployment Rate

Jersey City Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Jersey City Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Jersey City Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

33.86%

Born in Jersey City

58.83%

Native Born

41.17%

Foreign Born

21.51%

Non Citizen

19.66%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

58.83% of Jersey City residents were born in the United States, with 33.86% having been born in New Jersey. 21.51% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Jersey City Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

Download Table Data

Enter your email below, and you'll receive this table's data in your inbox momentarily.

Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
2029291,073-97-0.03%
2028291,170-97-0.03%
2027291,267-98-0.03%
2026291,365-97-0.03%
2025291,462-97-0.03%
2024291,559-98-0.03%
2023291,6571,8850.65%
2022289,7724,6671.64%
2021285,105-6,844-2.34%
2020291,94929,22011.12%
2019262,729-1,312-0.5%
2018264,0417300.28%
2017263,3112,8481.09%
2016260,4632490.1%
2015260,2141,5510.6%
2014258,6631,5210.59%
2013257,1421,0590.41%
2012256,0833,1971.26%
2011252,8864,5621.84%
2010248,32400%
2000240,05511,5185.04%
1990228,5375,0052.24%
1980223,532-36,818-14.14%
1970260,350-15,751-5.7%
1960276,101-22,916-7.66%
1950299,017-2,156-0.72%
1940301,173-15,542-4.91%
1930316,71518,6126.24%
1920298,10330,32411.32%
1910267,77961,34629.72%
1900206,43343,43026.64%
1890163,00342,28135.02%
1880120,72238,17646.25%
187082,54653,320182.44%
186029,22622,370326.28%
18506,8563,784123.18%
18403,072-288,001-98.94%
showing: 37 rows

Jersey City Population by Year