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Overview

Introduction to Jersey City, New Jersey

The city of Jersey City is the county seat of Hudson County, New Jersey. Considered part of the New York metropolitan area, Jersey City is a close neighbor to Manhattan, separated only be the Hudson River. A significant port of entry, the city serves as an important industrial and commercial center for the region and benefits from its close proximity to Manhattan due to the spillover effect from several of New York City's large businesses. Jersey City is serviced by several highways, including Interstate I-78; U.S. Routes 1 and 9: New Jersey State Highways 7, 139, and 440; and the New Jersey Turnpike. Public transportation is the primary form of transport for Jersey City commuters and it exists in many varieties: there is abundant ferry service offered by NY Waterway to and from several locations, Hudson-Bergen offers light rail service, and there is 24-hour subway and bus service as well. Nearby large airports include LaGuardia Airport (LGA), John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK), and Newark's Liberty Airport, which is directly connected to Jersey City via rail service operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PATH).

The area which now comprises Jersey City was first explored in 1609 by English navigator Henry Hudson, who was financed by the Dutch East India Company. A permanent settlement was pioneered there in 1630 by Michael Pauw, an agent of the Dutch West India Company, and the city today retains this early influence with its abundant Dutch street names. Initially dubbed Paulus Hook, named after one of its early governors Michael Paulusen, the city became incorporated as the city of Jersey in 1820 while it was still a part of the town of Bergen. It was reincorporated in 1838, at which time it became independent of Bergen and was given its present name. From 1860 to 1870 the city's population more than quadrupled, owing to the economic strength of its factories and also to the consolidation of several municipalities into the city. A significant event occurred in 1916 when German saboteurs exploded ammunition-laden railroad cars into the city's Black Tom Island, resulting in property losses estimated in the millions. By the latter part of the 20th century, Jersey City had attained a healthy level of prosperity owing to its perception as a favorable alternative for businesses looking to escape New York City's exorbitant business costs.

Attractions in the Jersey City Area

Jersey City's prime attraction is Liberty State Park. The Park, about half of which is open to public access, offers views of the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island. There are also several bike paths and walkways, including Liberty Walkway, a long waterfront path stretching from the historic Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal building to the Statue of Liberty overlook. The Park also houses the Liberty Science Center, offering several floors of exhibits and a theater with one of the nation's largest IMAX dome screens. Jersey City visitors can also take advantage of the enormous number of things to see and do in the greater metropolitan New York City area. Some of these include the following:

  • Bronx Zoo
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Madison Square Garden
  • Empire State Building
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • Battery Park
  • Carnegie Hall
  • Rockefeller Center
  • Javits Center
  • Apollo Theater
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Central Park
  • St. John's Cathedral
  • Chrysler Building
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Brooklyn Children’s Museum
  • The Museum of Modern Art

Major league professional sports abound in the New York City area, home to the following teams:

  • New York Yankees (Major League Baseball)
  • New York Mets (Major League Baseball)
  • New York Knicks (National Basketball Association)
  • New Jersey Nets (National Basketball Association)
  • New York Islanders (National Hockey League)
  • New York Rangers (National Hockey League)
  • New Jersey Devils (National Hockey League)
  • New York Jets (National Football League)
  • New York Giants (National Football League)
  • New York Liberty (Women's National Basketball Association)
  • Red Bull New York (Major League Soccer)
  • Long Island Lizards (Major League Lacrosse)

Demographics

People

Total Population261,666
Male Share of the Population49.2%
Female Share of the Population50.8%
Senior Citizens9.7%
Employed Population 16+130,909
Age of the Population34

Families

% of people married41.9%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher44.1%
Median Earnings25+$45,034
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,974
Median Earnings With High School Degree$27,902

Wealth

Median Family Income$66,928
% Above Poverty Level80.6%
% Below Poverty Level19.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time37 minutes
% Working from Home3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work8.5%
% Using Public Transportation47.3%

Housing

People Living Alone28.5%
Median Gross Rent$1,233
Median House Value$331,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)67%
Italian4.7%
Irish4.1%
Arab3.5%
German2.8%
West Indian2.7%
Egyptian2.3%
Polish2%
African1.9%
English1.4%
Russian1%
Guyanese1%
Haitian0.9%
Jamaican0.8%
French Except Basque0.6%
Ukrainian0.5%
Kenyan0.4%
Scottish0.4%
Dutch0.3%
Greek0.3%
Moroccan0.3%
British0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
Trinidad Tobago0.3%
Turkish0.2%
Ghanaian0.2%
Nigerian0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
Brazilian0.2%
Swedish0.2%
Swiss0.1%
Barbadian0.1%
Belizean0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Sudanese0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Welsh0.1%
Czech0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Norwegian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Senegalese0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Austrian0.1%
South African0.1%
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Jersey City Almanac

CategoryValue
County Hudson County
Standard Zip Codes7302, 7304, 7305, 7306, 7307, 7310, 7311
P.O. Box Zip Codes7303, 7308
Company Zip Codes7097, 7395, 7399
Phone Area Codes201, 551, 862, 973, 908
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.71
Approximate Longitude-74.06

Jersey City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationJERSEY CITY
Distance2.1 miles
Jan Temp23 to 36 F
Apr Temp42 to 58 F
Jul Temp68 to 83 F
Oct Temp47 to 63 F
Annual Precip46.3 inches
StationNEWARK INTL AP
Distance4.7 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
StationNEW YORK CITY CENTRAL PK
Distance7 miles
Jan Temp26 to 38 F
Apr Temp44 to 61 F
Jul Temp69 to 84 F
Oct Temp50 to 64 F
Annual Precip49.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
East Newark2,717$62,026
Harrison12,804$137,268
Hoboken53,136$177,088
Secaucus18,737$103,188
Union City68,965$41,703
Weehawken13,671$105,833

Jersey City Public Libraries

Jersey City Free Public Library
472 JERSEY AVENUE
Jersey City, New Jersey
(201) 547-4788

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Jersey City Hospitals

Carepoint Health-christ Hospital
(Proprietary)
176 Palisade Ave
(201) 795-8200
Jersey City Medical Center
(Non-profit)
355 Grand Street
(201) 915-2000

Jersey City Public Schools

Academy Of Technology Design
525 Montgomery Street
ZIP: 7302
(201) 631-6331
High
Total Enrollment 167
Beloved Community Charter School
508 Grand Street
ZIP: 7302
(201) 744-9775
Primary
Total Enrollment 598
Career Academy
525 Montgomery Street
ZIP: 7302
(201) 631-6376
Cornelia F. Bradford School
96 Sussex St
ZIP: 7302
(201) 915-6450
Primary
Total Enrollment 354
Dr Ronald Mcnair High School
123 Coles Street
ZIP: 7302
(201) 418-7617
High
Total Enrollment 716
Dr. Michael Conti School
182 Merseles St
ZIP: 7302
(201) 714-4300
Primary
Total Enrollment 643
Explore 2000 Middle School
525 Montgomery Street
ZIP: 7302
(201) 631-6395
Middle
Total Enrollment 52
Frank R Conwell School
111 Bright Street
ZIP: 7302
(201) 915-6100
Primary
Total Enrollment 622
Great Futures Charter School
225 Morris Blvd
ZIP: 7302
(201) 716-1520
High
Total Enrollment 125
James J Ferris High School
35 Colgate St
ZIP: 7302
(201) 915-6660
High
Total Enrollment 1232
Middle School # 4
107 Bright Street
ZIP: 7302
(201) 946-5740
Middle
Total Enrollment 843
Rafael De J. Cordero School
158 Erie St
ZIP: 7302
(201) 714-4390
Primary
Total Enrollment 801
Chaplain Charles Watters School
220 Virginia Ave
ZIP: 7304
(201) 915-6510
Primary
Total Enrollment 908
Dr Lena Edwards Academic Charter School
509 Bramhall Ave.
ZIP: 7304
(201) 433-5300
Primary
Total Enrollment 369
Joseph H. Brensinger School
600 Bergen Ave
ZIP: 7304
(201) 915-6120
Primary
Total Enrollment 1249
Julia A. Barnes School
91 Astor Place
ZIP: 7304
(201) 915-6420
Primary
Total Enrollment 333
Learning Community Charter School
2495 John F Kennedy Blvd
ZIP: 7304
(201) 332-0900
Primary
Total Enrollment 581
Lincoln High School
60 Crescent Ave
ZIP: 7304
(201) 915-6700
High
Total Enrollment 830
Ollie Culbreth Jr. School
153 Union St
ZIP: 7304
(201) 915-6430
Primary
Total Enrollment 574
Ps # 33
362 Union St
ZIP: 7304
(201) 915-6540
Primary
Total Enrollment 400
Regional Day School
425 Johnston Avenue
ZIP: 7304
(201) 915-6165
Other
Total Enrollment 102
Rev. Dr. Ercel F. Webb School
264 Van Horne Street
ZIP: 7304
(201) 915-6480
Primary
Total Enrollment 750
Academy I
209 Bergen Avenue
ZIP: 7305
(201) 915-6500
Middle
Total Enrollment 477
Alexander D. Sullivan School
171 Seaview Ave
ZIP: 7305
(201) 915-6530
Primary
Total Enrollment 804
Ezra L. Nolan School
88 Gates Ave
ZIP: 7305
(201) 915-6570
Middle
Total Enrollment 244
Gladys Nunery School
123 Claremont Ave
ZIP: 7305
(201) 915-6520
Primary
Total Enrollment 459
Henry Snyder High School
239 Bergen Ave
ZIP: 7305
(201) 915-6600
High
Total Enrollment 993
Infinity Institute
193 Old Bergen Road
ZIP: 7305
(201) 915-1404
Other
Total Enrollment 261
James F. Murray School
339 Stegman Parkway
ZIP: 7305
(201) 915-6620
Primary
Total Enrollment 893
Jersey City Community Charter School
128 Danforth Avenue
ZIP: 7305
(201) 433-2288
Primary
Total Enrollment 579
Martin Center For The Arts
59 Wilkinson Ave
ZIP: 7305
(201) 915-6590
Primary
Total Enrollment 403
Ps # 20
160 Danforth Ave
ZIP: 7305
(201) 915-6470
Primary
Total Enrollment 636
Ps # 34
1830 Kennedy Blvd
ZIP: 7305
(201) 915-6550
Primary
Total Enrollment 522
Soaring Heights
1 Romar Avenue
ZIP: 7305
(201) 434-4800
Primary
Total Enrollment 236
University Academy Charter High School
275 West Side Avenue
ZIP: 7305
(201) 200-3200
High
Total Enrollment 423
Whitney M. Young Jr. School
135 Stegman St
ZIP: 7305
(201) 915-6440
Primary
Total Enrollment 917
Anthony J. Infante School
3055 Kennedy Blvd
ZIP: 7306
(201) 714-4370
Primary
Total Enrollment 224
County Prep High School
525 Montgomery Street
ZIP: 7306
(201) 631-6302
High
Total Enrollment 708
Dr. Charles P. Defuccio School
214 Plainfield Ave
ZIP: 7306
(201) 915-6560
Primary
Total Enrollment 423
Franklin L. Williams School
222 Laidlaw Avenue
ZIP: 7306
(201) 714-8340
Middle
Total Enrollment 912
Jersey City Golden Door Charter School
3044 Kennedy Blvd
ZIP: 7306
(201) 795-4400
Primary
Total Enrollment 532
Jotham W. Wakeman School
100 St Pauls Ave
ZIP: 7306
(201) 714-4310
Primary
Total Enrollment 824
Liberty High School
299 Sip Avenue
ZIP: 7306
(201) 714-4373
High
Total Enrollment 197
Mahatma K. Gandhi School
143 Romaine Ave
ZIP: 7306
(201) 915-6490
Primary
Total Enrollment 1456
Martin Luther King Jr. School
886 Bergen Ave
ZIP: 7306
(201) 915-6521
Primary
Total Enrollment 860
The Ethical Community Charter Schoo
95 Broadway
ZIP: 7306
(201) 984-4151
Primary
Total Enrollment 307
William L Dickinson High School
2 Palisade Ave
ZIP: 7306
(201) 714-4400
High
Total Enrollment 2185
Alfred Zampella School
201 North St
ZIP: 7307
(201) 714-4350
Primary
Total Enrollment 1121
Charles E. Trefurt School
96 Franklin St
ZIP: 7307
(201) 714-4320
Primary
Total Enrollment 812
Christa Mcauliffe School
167 Hancock Ave
ZIP: 7307
(201) 714-4360
Primary
Total Enrollment 1024
Jersey City Global Cs
255 Congress Street
ZIP: 7307
(201) 636-8540
Primary
Total Enrollment 233
M.e.t.s. Charter School
211 Sherman Ave
ZIP: 7307
(201) 526-8500
Other
Total Enrollment 534
Nicolaus Copernicus School
3385 Kennedy Blvd
ZIP: 7307
(201) 714-4340
Primary
Total Enrollment 806

Jersey City Private Schools

First Christian Pentecostal
441 Jersey Ave
ZIP: 7302
Elementary
Total Enrollment 121
Hamilton Park Montessori School
1 Mcwilliams Place
ZIP: 7302
Elementary
Total Enrollment 87
Our Lady Of Czestochowa
248 Marin Blvd
ZIP: 7302
Elementary
Total Enrollment 231
Resurrection School A Peaceable School
189 Brunswick St
ZIP: 7302
Elementary
Total Enrollment 20
St Anthony High School
175 8th St
ZIP: 7302
Secondary
Total Enrollment 242
St Peters Preparatory School
144 Grand St
ZIP: 7302
Secondary
Total Enrollment 954
The Nuturing Place
81 York Street
ZIP: 7302
Elementary
Total Enrollment 3
Waterfront Montessori
1 Canal St
ZIP: 7302
Elementary
Total Enrollment 89
Al Ghazaly School
17 Park St
ZIP: 7304
Elementary
Total Enrollment 127
Badr School
539 Bergen Ave
ZIP: 7304
Elementary
Total Enrollment 65
St Dominic Academy
2572 Kennedy Boulevard
ZIP: 7304
Secondary
Total Enrollment 451
Ycs May Academy
36 Emory St
ZIP: 7304
Elementary
Total Enrollment 42
Full Will Of God Christian Academy
81 Martin Luther King Jr Dr 84
ZIP: 7305
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 5
Joseph's School Of Tomorrow
1510 John F Kennedy Blvd
ZIP: 7305
Elementary
Total Enrollment 26
Our Lady Of Mercy School
254 Bartholdi Ave
ZIP: 7305
Elementary
Total Enrollment 200
Sacred Heart School
183 Bayview Ave
ZIP: 7305
Elementary
Total Enrollment 190
Hudson Catholic Regional High School
790 Bergen Ave
ZIP: 7306
Secondary
Total Enrollment 422
Primary Prep Elementary School
41 Tuers Ave
ZIP: 7306
Elementary
Total Enrollment 257
St Aloysius Elementary Academy
721 W Side Ave
ZIP: 7306
Elementary
Total Enrollment 251
St Elizabeth Child Care Center
129 Garrison Avenue
ZIP: 7306
Elementary
Total Enrollment 32
St Joseph Elementary School
509 Pavonia Ave
ZIP: 7306
Elementary
Total Enrollment 167
Concordia Learning Center At St Joseph's School
761 Summit Ave
ZIP: 7307
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 51
St Anne's Elementary School
255 Congress St
ZIP: 7307
Elementary
Total Enrollment 141
St Nicholas School
118 Ferry St
ZIP: 7307
Elementary
Total Enrollment 184
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Marlborough House between 1900 and 1906

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Marlborough House between 1900 and 1906

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Savoy Hotel between 1900 and 1905

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