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Overview

Introduction to Elizabeth, New Jersey

The city of Elizabeth, one of New Jersey's largest cities, is the county seat of Union County. Located only 20 miles southwest of New York City, Elizabeth lies on Newark Bay and is connected to Staten Island by the Goethals Bridge. One of the New York metropolitan area's prime residential and industrial centers, Elizabeth is a highly industrialized city with major shipping operations and one of North America's largest seaports. It is bordered by Cartaret (to the south), Westfield (to the west), Newark (to the north), and Staten Island (to the east). Elizabeth is a focal point of several major thoroughfares, including Interstates I-78, I-95, and I-278; U.S. Routes 1, 9, and 22; and New Jersey State Highways 27, 28, and 81. The city is home to a portion of the Newark/Elizabeth Liberty International Airport.

First settled in 1664, the community was originally named "Elizabethtown" by its English settlers in honor of the wife of noted colonial proprietor Sir George Carteret. It served as the first capital of New Jersey and officially became the city of Elizabeth upon its incorporation in 1855. Its first major industry was the Singer Sewing Machine Company, which employed thousands, but since World War II, the city has seen major growth in its transportation facilities. The Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal (sometimes referred to as "Port Elizabeth") has become the principal container ship facility serving the northeastern quadrant of North America and one of the busiest ports in the world.

Points of Interest in Elizabeth

Historic Midtown Elizabeth boasts more than a dozen historical sites and landmarks. The Elizabeth Public Library is housed in an elegant building which has undergone significant upgrades in recent years. The structure was a gift from Andrew Carnegie during the early part of the 20th century. The historic Ritz Theatre is one of the state's oldest and largest operating theaters and dates back to 1926. Another historic site is Boxwood Hall, former home of Elias Boudinot, President of the Continental Congress, and Jonathan Dayton, the youngest signer of the Constitution. Nearby is the Belcher Ogden Mansion, former residence of Royal Governor Jonathan Belcher and the last remaining original Royal Governor's mansion in the country. The ethnic diversity of Elizabeth is reflected in its annual festivals and parades. The Elizabeth Latin Carnival, held in early September, draws crowds numbering in the hundreds of thousands. Other special festivities include Portugal Day, Pride Day in the Port, Unity Day, and Julyfest. Every Sunday before Memorial Day the city hosts the annual Tour De Elizabeth, a bike tour of the entire City.

The New York metropolitan area is replete with world-class attractions of all types. Some of the more noted include the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, Madison Square Garden, Central Park, Carnegie Hall, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Bronx Zoo, the Apollo Theater, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Brooklyn Children's Museum.

Sports fans have a wide choice of options close by Elizabeth. The New York area boasts several teams which are all located less than an hour away. Some of New York and New Jersey's major league professional teams include New York's Mets and Yankees (Major League Baseball), Giants and Jets (National Football League), Rangers and Islanders (National Hockey League), the New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets (National Basketball Association), the New Jersey Devils (National Hockey League), Red Bull New York (Major League Soccer), the Long Island Lizards (Major League Lacrosse), and a women's pro basketball team, the New York Liberty (WNBA).

Demographics

People

Total Population128,042
Male Share of the Population49.4%
Female Share of the Population50.6%
Senior Citizens9.7%
Employed Population 16+57,726
Age of the Population33

Families

% of people married36.2%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher11.8%
Median Earnings25+$26,833
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,486
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,643

Wealth

Median Family Income$45,413
% Above Poverty Level81%
% Below Poverty Level19%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time27 minutes
% Working from Home3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work6.1%
% Using Public Transportation10.8%

Housing

People Living Alone23.9%
Median Gross Rent$1,074
Median House Value$262,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)72.8%
West Indian4.5%
Portuguese4%
Haitian3.8%
Italian2.5%
Polish1.5%
Irish1.4%
Brazilian1.1%
African1%
Arab0.8%
German0.8%
Egyptian0.4%
Jamaican0.4%
English0.4%
Greek0.3%
Russian0.2%
Scottish0.2%
French Except Basque0.2%
Afghan)0.2%
Guyanese0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Ghanaian0.1%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Dutch0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
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Elizabeth Almanac

CategoryValue
County Union County
Standard Zip Codes7201, 7202, 7208, 7206
P.O. Box Zip Codes7207
Phone Area Codes908,973
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.69
Approximate Longitude-74.17

Elizabeth Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationNEWARK INTL AP
Distance4.3 miles
Jan Temp24 to 38 F
Apr Temp44 to 61 F
Jul Temp69 to 85 F
Oct Temp48 to 65 F
Annual Precip46.2 inches
StationNY WESTERLEIGH STAT IS
Distance5.4 miles
Jan Temp25 to 40 F
Apr Temp42 to 62 F
Jul Temp67 to 86 F
Oct Temp47 to 66 F
Annual Precip48.6 inches
StationESSEX FELLS SERV BLDG
Distance12.3 miles
Jan Temp19 to 36 F
Apr Temp38 to 60 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp41 to 64 F
Annual Precip51.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Cranford23,531$137,620
Hillside21,800$69,994
Linden41,595$72,597
Roselle21,507$64,217
Roselle Park13,560$79,810
Union57,766$91,465

Elizabeth Public Libraries

Elizabeth Free Public Library
11 SOUTH BROAD ST.
Elizabeth, New Jersey
(908) 354-6060

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Elizabeth Hospitals

Trinitas Regional Medical Center
(Non-profit)
225 Williamson Street
(908) 527-5000
Care One At Trinitas
(Proprietary)
225 Williamson Street
(201) 242-4000
Trinitas Hospital - New Point Campus
(Non-profit)
655 East Jersey Street
(908) 527-5000

Elizabeth Public Schools

Louverture-lafayette School No. 6
1071 Julia St
ZIP: 7201
(908) 436-5600
Primary
Total Enrollment 915
Madison Monroe School No. 16
1091 North Ave
ZIP: 7201
(908) 436-5770
Primary
Total Enrollment 731
Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy
27 Martin Luther King Jr Plaza
ZIP: 7201
(908) 436-6767
High
Total Enrollment 930
Winfield Scott School No. 2
125 Madison Ave
ZIP: 7201
(908) 436-6150
Primary
Total Enrollment 695
Abraham Lincoln School No. 14
50 Grove St
ZIP: 7202
(908) 436-5828
Primary
Total Enrollment 792
Admiral William F. Halsey Jr. Leadership Academy
641 South Street
ZIP: 7202
(908) 436-6600
High
Total Enrollment 1279
Christopher Columbus School No. 15
511 Third Ave
ZIP: 7202
(908) 436-5730
Primary
Total Enrollment 691
Elizabeth High School
447 Richmond St.
ZIP: 7202
(908) 436-5860
High
Total Enrollment 840
Frances C. Smith Early Childhood Center #50
1000 South Elmora Ave
ZIP: 7202
(908) 436-6380
Primary
Total Enrollment 309
John E. Dwyer Technology Academy
123 Pearl St
ZIP: 7202
(908) 436-6565
High
Total Enrollment 1213
Joseph Battin School No. 4
300 South Broad Street
ZIP: 7202
(908) 436-6300
Primary
Total Enrollment 845
Mabel G. Homes School No. 5
650 Bayway Avenue
ZIP: 7202
(908) 436-6070
Primary
Total Enrollment 967
Nicholas S. Lacorte-peterstown School No. 3
700 Second Ave
ZIP: 7202
(908) 436-6230
Primary
Total Enrollment 702
Thomas A. Edison Career And Technical Academy
625 Summer St
ZIP: 7202
(908) 436-6800
High
Total Enrollment 687
William F. Halloran School No.22
1014 South Elmora Avenue
ZIP: 7202
(908) 436-4861
Primary
Total Enrollment 862
Woodrow Wilson School No. 19
529 Edgar Rd
ZIP: 7202
(908) 436-6200
Primary
Total Enrollment 707
Benjamin Franklin School No. 13
248 Ripley Pl
ZIP: 7206
(908) 436-5700
Primary
Total Enrollment 478
Charles J. Hudson School No. 25
525 First Avenue
ZIP: 7206
(908) 436-5930
Primary
Total Enrollment 690
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ecc #52
130 Trumbull Street
ZIP: 7206
(908) 436-6450
Primary
Total Enrollment 308
George Washington Academy School No. 1
250 Broadway
ZIP: 7206
(908) 436-5555
Primary
Total Enrollment 622
Iprep Academy School No 8
221-227 Court Street
ZIP: 7206
(908) 436-5021
Primary
Total Enrollment 406
Jerome Dunn Academy No 9
201 Livingston Street
ZIP: 7206
(908) 436-5555
Primary
Total Enrollment 710
John Marshal School No. 20
521 Magnolia Ave
ZIP: 7206
(908) 436-5800
Primary
Total Enrollment 395
Juan Pablo Duarte - Jose Julian Marti #28
25 First Street
ZIP: 7206
(908) 436-3950
Primary
Total Enrollment 948
Terence C. Reilly School # 7
436 First Avenue
ZIP: 7206
(908) 436-6030
Primary
Total Enrollment 1004
George W Herlich Juv Det Ctr
Union Co Courthouse Garage 2n
ZIP: 7207
(908) 527-4922
High
Alexander Hamilton Preparatory Academy
310 Cherry St
ZIP: 7208
(908) 436-6100
High
Total Enrollment 973
Donald Stewart Early Childhood Center #51
544 Pennsylvania Avenue
ZIP: 7208
(908) 436-6410
Primary
Total Enrollment 306
Dr. Albert Einstein Academy School No. 29
919 North Broad Street
ZIP: 7208
(908) 436-6900
Primary
Total Enrollment 803
Dr. Antonia Pantoja School No. 27
505 -517 Morris Avenue
ZIP: 7208
(908) 436-3900
Primary
Total Enrollment 988
Dr. Orlando Edreira Academy School No. 26
631- 657 Westminster Ave
ZIP: 7208
(908) 436-5970
Primary
Total Enrollment 498
Elmora School No. 12
638 Magie Ave
ZIP: 7208
(908) 436-5650
Primary
Total Enrollment 678
Nicholas Murray Butler School No. 23
501 Union Ave
ZIP: 7208
(908) 436-5535
Primary
Total Enrollment 798
Robert Morris School No. 18
860 Cross Ave
ZIP: 7208
(908) 436-6000
Primary
Total Enrollment 578
Ronald Reagan Academy School No. 30
730 Pennsylvania Ave
ZIP: 7208
(908) 436-6950
Primary
Total Enrollment 767
Victor Mravlag School No. 21
132 Shelley Avenue
ZIP: 7208
(908) 436-4861
Primary
Total Enrollment 493

Elizabeth Private Schools

Our Lady Of Guadalupe Academy
227 Center St
ZIP: 7202
Elementary
Total Enrollment 178
St Mary Of The Assumption High School
237 S Broad St
ZIP: 7202
Secondary
Total Enrollment 200
St Patrick High School & Academy
227 Court St
ZIP: 7206
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 181
Benedictine Academy
840 N Broad St
ZIP: 7208
Secondary
Total Enrollment 168
Bruriah High School For Girls
35 North Ave
ZIP: 7208
Secondary
Total Enrollment 357
Evangel Day School
656 N Broad St
ZIP: 7208
Elementary
Total Enrollment 13
Rav Teitz Mesivta Academy
330 Elmora Ave
ZIP: 7208
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 222
St Genevieve School
209 Princeton Rd
ZIP: 7208
Elementary
Total Enrollment 207
Yeshiva Of Elizabeth
330 Elmora Ave
ZIP: 7208
Elementary
Total Enrollment 214
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