Newark, New Jersey Population 2024

300,075

Newark is a city located in Essex County New Jersey. Newark has a 2024 population of 300,075. Newark is currently declining at a rate of -0.87% annually and its population has decreased by -3.39% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 310,613 in 2020.

The average household income in Newark is $64,251 with a poverty rate of 24.44%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Newark is 34.7 years, 33.5 years for males, and 36.2 years for females.

Newark is notable for many reasons, beginning with its history dating back to the 1600s. Newark is one of the oldest cities in the US. The city is also home to one of the busiest airports in the US and has a significant number of company headquarters and higher educations institutions that are known nationwide.

Newark Population Statistics

Despite revitalization, poverty remains a problem and has led to residents moving to other areas, resulting in population losses.

Newark Population Growth

Newark saw population growth through the 1800s into the 1930s. However, losses in the population were recorded during the 1940 census. Racial tensions contributed to further losses throughout the years, with the population dropping from over 442,000 in 1930 to over 281,000 today. Population losses have slowed in recent years, and growth was recorded between the 2000 and 2010 census, although it was just 1.3%. Since the last poll was taken, the numbers have increased by 1.7%, suggesting that perhaps the population is on an upswing again.

Newark is one of the oldest cities in the United States. It was first settled by Puritans in 1666. In 1693, it was designated as a township. It was not incorporated as a city until 1836.

It is believed that the name was derived from “New Ark” or “New Work,” although others believe that the name was derived from the English city of Newark-on-Trent due to the influence of the pastor Abraham Pierson. During the 19th and 20th centuries, the city saw explosive population growth. However, in the latter part of the 20th century, the Newark riots led to a decline in population. However, the city has since rebounded following its revitalization efforts that began during the 1990s.

The city is divided into five different political wards: East, West, North South and Central. There are multiple neighborhoods throughout each district showcasing the diversity of this city, which is home to the oldest county park in the nation and is also the location of headquarters of international corporations including Panasonic, Audible.com, IDT, and Prudential. The city is also known for its colleges and universities, including Rutgers and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Newark Demographics

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

  • Black or African American: 47.03%
  • Other race: 19.78%
  • White: 19.65%
  • Two or more races: 11.09%
  • Asian: 2.01%
  • Native American: 0.4%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.03%
Land Area (mi²)
24.1 sq mi
Density (mi²)
12,428.90/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-3.39% (-10,538)
The current population of Newark, New Jersey is 300,075 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 310,613.

Newark, New Jersey Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
Black or African American144,55747.03%
Other race60,78719.78%
White60,39319.65%
Two or more races34,09711.09%
Asian6,1922.01%
Native American1,2440.4%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander850.03%

Black or African American

Other race

White

Two or more races

Asian

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Newark Population by Race

Newark Population Pyramid 2024

Newark Median Age

34.7

Total

33.5

Male

36.2

Female

Newark Adults

There are 233,343 adults, (33,503 of whom are seniors) in Newark.

Newark Age Dependency

53.8

Age Dependency Ratio

16.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

37

Child Dependency Ratio

Newark Sex Ratio

Female155,02950.44%
Male152,32649.56%

Newark Population by Age

Newark Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All112,6352.6123.976.1
Non Family44,5381.1717.382.7
Married31,7003.6338.861.2
Female26,9843.541882
Male9,4133.3222.277.8

3.41

Average Family Size

2.61

Average Household Size

23.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Newark Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade23,76011.88%
9th to 12th Grade20,76310.38%
High School Graduate74,90237.45%
Some College35,18317.59%
Associates Degree11,4755.74%
Bachelors Degree23,70511.85%
Graduate Degree10,2335.12%

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Newark Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Newark Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
Black94,14880,30616,971
Hispanic71,34547,9488,109
Other Race37,70924,6194,318
2+ Races22,77417,7683,613
White21,19615,6555,022
Asian3,8393,2652,033
Native American80454851
Islander856868

The highest rate of high school graduation is among black people with a rate of 85.3%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 80%.

Newark Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Overall$35,680$40,988$30,802
Less Than 9th Grade$28,792$34,198$21,009
High School Graduate$32,148$37,713$25,533
Some College$39,056$44,703$35,014
Bachelors Degree$47,337$54,636$42,392
Graduate Degree$65,097$65,904$64,591

$35,680

Average Earnings

$40,988

Average Male

$30,802

Average Female

Newark Earnings by Educational Attainment

Newark Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Newark Language

49.47% of Newark residents speak only English, while 50.53% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 32.8% of the population.

Newark Language

Newark Poverty by Race

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
Black138,39536,38726.29%
Hispanic112,13728,24125.18%
Other60,52114,91224.64%
Multiple33,0008,37525.38%
White26,5814,60817.34%
Asian5,1391,36726.6%
Native1,17920617.47%

24.44%

Overall Poverty Rate

21.75%

Male Poverty Rate

26.98%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Newark

The race most likely to be in poverty in Newark is Asian, with 26.6% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Newark is White, with 17.34% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.98%. Among those working part-time, it was 24.17%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 39.35%.

Newark Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade30.34%
High School22.85%
Some College16.99%
Bachelors or Greater10.99%

Newark Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed41.07%
Male Unemployed29.53%
Female Employed13.11%
Male Employed7.09%

Newark Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Newark Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Households$46,460$64,251
Families$56,099$74,497
Married Families$72,435$90,252
Non Families$29,420$42,743

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Newark Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

31.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

33.7%

Male Marriage Rate

28.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Newark Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Newark Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Newark Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Newark Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

5,392

Number of Veterans

4,802

Male Veterans

590

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
Vietnam1,469
First Gulf War1,271
Second Gulf War1,240
Korea148
World War II0

Newark Veterans by War

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Age Group
Veterans
65 to 741,478
35 to 541,435
55 to 641,216
75+841
18 to 34422

Newark Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
Black3,2042.95%
Hispanic1,4221.71%
2+ Races9083.49%
White7771.6%
Other Race4801.1%
Native American151.42%
Asian80.15%

Newark Veterans by Race

Newark Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

17.6%

Veteran Poverty Rate

30.1%

Veteran Disability Rate

Newark Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

62.2%

Labor Force Participation

55.5%

Employment Rate

10.7%

Unemployment Rate

Newark Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Newark Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Newark 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

47.28%

Born in Newark

65.29%

Native Born

34.71%

Foreign Born

20.38%

Non Citizen

14.33%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

65.29% of Newark residents were born in the United States, with 47.28% having been born in New Jersey. 20.38% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Newark Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
2029286,902-2,635-0.91%
2028289,537-2,634-0.9%
2027292,171-2,635-0.89%
2026294,806-2,634-0.89%
2025297,440-2,635-0.88%
2024300,075-2,634-0.87%
2023302,709-2,635-0.86%
2022305,344-1,968-0.64%
2021307,312-3,301-1.06%
2020310,61327,7109.79%
2019282,9036800.24%
2018282,2238830.31%
2017281,3407280.26%
2016280,6121,1280.4%
2015279,4847190.26%
2014278,7658240.3%
2013277,9415180.19%
2012277,423130%
2011277,4104210.15%
2010276,9893,4431.26%
2000273,546-1,675-0.61%
1990275,221-54,027-16.41%
1980329,248-52,682-13.79%
1970381,930-23,290-5.75%
1960405,220-33,556-7.65%
1950438,7769,0162.1%
1940429,760-12,577-2.84%
1930442,33727,8136.71%
1920414,52467,05519.3%
1910347,469101,39941.21%
1900246,07064,24035.33%
1890181,83045,32233.2%
1880136,50831,44929.93%
1870105,05933,11846.03%
186071,94133,04784.97%
185038,89421,604124.95%
184017,2906,33757.86%
183010,95300%
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Newark Population by Year