Paterson, New Jersey Population 2020

145,871
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Paterson is a city located in New Jersey. With a 2020 population of 145,871, it is the 3rd largest city in New Jersey (after Newark and Jersey City) and the 179th largest city in the United States. Paterson is currently growing at a rate of 0.08% annually but its population has decreased by -0.22% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 146,199 in 2010. Paterson reached it's highest population of 149,222 in 2000. Spanning over 9 miles, Paterson has a population density of 17,338 people per square mile.

The average household income in Paterson is $53,810 with a poverty rate of 28.14%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,175 per month, and the median house value is $237,500. The median age in Paterson is 33.3 years, 32.1 years for males, and 34.4 years for females. For every 100 females there are 93.1 males.

Paterson Demographics

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

  • Other race: 35.56%
  • White: 29.34%
  • Black or African American: 26.48%
  • Two or more races: 4.72%
  • Asian: 3.76%
  • Native American: 0.12%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.02%
The current population of Paterson, New Jersey is 145,871, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 145,627.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 146,199.

Paterson, New Jersey Population 2020

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Some Other Race51,84735.56%
White42,77729.34%
Black or African American38,61426.48%
Two or More Races6,8754.72%
Asian5,4883.76%
American Indian and Alaska Native1690.12%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander300.02%
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Paterson Population Pyramid 2020

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Paterson Median Age

33.3


Total

32.1


Male

34.4


Female

Paterson Adults

There are 106,381 adults, (15,581 of whom are seniors) in Paterson.

Paterson Age Dependency

60.6

Age Dependency Ratio

17.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

43.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Paterson Sex Ratio

Female

75,501

51.78%

Male

70,299

48.22%

Paterson Households and Families

Paterson Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Paterson Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married40.6%59.4%
All26.3%73.7%
Male26.2%73.8%
Non Family17.6%82.4%
Female17.3%82.7%

26.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All44,7483.2126.3
Married15,7284.0840.6
Female12,9063.917.3
Non Family12,4351.2417.6
Male3,6793.726.2

3.82

Average Family Size

3.21

Average Household Size

7.2%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.2%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

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Paterson Education

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade12,99514.23%
9th to 12th Grade11,25112.32%
High School Graduate38,13541.77%
Some College15,96817.49%
Associates Degree3,0953.39%
Bachelors Degree7,6938.43%
Graduate Degree2,1582.36%
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Paterson Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic53,62536,2614,674
Other Race30,68920,3521,932
Black25,31921,2462,636
White9,5527,3451,816
Asian3,2522,468810
Multiple Races3,2152,270306
Native American1571158
Islander15

The highest rate of high school graduation is among black people with a rate of 83.91%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 24.91%.

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$30,814$34,138$26,337
Less Than High School$21,534$25,256$18,185
High School Grad$28,815$33,269$23,070
Some College$36,621$40,365$33,144
Bachelors Degree$41,416$46,309$38,837
Graduate Degree$54,954$41,750$65,000

$30,814

Average Earnings

$34,138

Average Male

$26,337

Average Female

Paterson Language

Paterson Language by Age

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Paterson Language

37.19% of Paterson residents speak only English, while 62.81% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 54.33% of the population.

Paterson Poverty

Paterson Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic88,26524,80328.10%
Other51,70714,40627.86%
Black38,07210,33927.16%
White13,0494,25732.62%
Multiple6,8692,00229.15%
Asian5,4771,49227.24%
Native1695130.18%

28.14%

Overall Poverty Rate

25.40%

Male Poverty Rate

30.66%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Paterson

The race most likely to be in poverty in Paterson is White, with 32.62% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Paterson is Black, with 27.16% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 7.53%. Among those working part-time, it was 25.92%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 42.14%.

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School35.00%
High School23.12%
Some College17.38%
Bachelors or Greater11.82%
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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed42.45%
Male Unemployed35.83%
Female Employed13.24%
Male Employed9.87%

Paterson Income

Paterson Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$39,282$53,810
Families$44,251$59,092
Married Families$59,328$73,906
Non Families$18,417$32,746
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Paterson Marital Status

Paterson Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

34.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

37.5%

Male Marriage Rate

31.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Paterson Married by Age and Sex

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Paterson Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Paterson Marital Status by Race

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Paterson Veterans

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1,921

Number of Veterans

1,709

Male Veterans

212

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam567
Second Gulf War348
First Gulf War210
World War II114
Korea113
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Age Group Veterans
75+469
35 to 54467
65 to 74455
55 to 64407
18 to 34123
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Name Veterans % of Total
White9212.83%
Black6902.37%
Hispanic6441.02%
Other2260.61%
2 or More571.38%
Asian180.49%
Indian95.73%

Paterson Veterans by Education

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17.38%

Veteran Poverty Rate

25.03%

Veteran Disability Rate

Paterson Employment Status

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58.5%

Labor Force Participation

55.5%

Employment Rate

5.1%

Unemployment Rate

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Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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46.94%

Born in New Jersey

61.50%

Native Born

38.50%

Foreign Born

19.58%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

61.50% of Paterson residents were born in the United States, with 46.94% having been born in New Jersey. 19.58% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020145,8711220.08%
2019145,7491220.08%
2018145,627-177-0.12%
2017145,8041220.08%
2016145,682-229-0.16%
2015145,911-59-0.04%
2014145,970-119-0.08%
2013146,089-47-0.03%
2012146,1365410.37%
2011145,595-802-0.55%
2010146,397-2,825-0.19%
2000149,2228,3310.58%
1990140,8912,9210.21%
1980137,970-6,854-0.48%
1970144,8241,1610.08%
1960143,6634,3270.31%
1950139,336-320-0.02%
1940139,6561,1430.08%
1930138,5132,6380.19%
1920135,87510,2750.79%
1910125,60020,4291.79%
1900105,17126,8242.99%
189078,34727,3164.38%
188051,03117,4524.27%
187033,57913,9935.54%
186019,5868,2525.62%
185011,3343,7384.08%
18407,5960.00%