Information About Elizabeth

The total estimated population is 120,627. Density is high at 9,049 persons per square mile.

Races of Residents

Population by Race: White: 67,286; Black: 24,097; Two or More Races: 7,064; Asian: 2,838; American Indian: 580; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 55; Other Race: 18,707; Hispanic Population: Hispanic or Latino: 59,646 (49%); Not Hispanic or Latino: 60,981 (51%)

There are 53,025 foreign born residents, of which 36.5% are naturalized citizens.

Most Common Birthplaces

Foreign Born: Colombia: 8,731; Cuba: 5,812; Portugal: 4,544; El Salvador: 4,043; Peru: 3,591; Dominican Republic: 3,492; Haiti: 2,680; U.S. Born: This State: 48,133; Northeast: 6,815; South: 4,396; Midwest: 701; West: 509;

Most Common Foreign Birthplaces in Elizabeth Most Common US Birthplaces in Elizabeth

The sex distribution is 49% male and 51% female. The median age is 32 years.

Age Distribution

There are 9,243 married couples with children and 5,595 single-parent households (1,271 men, 4,324 women).

The median household income is $34,606 in 1999 dollars.

Median Household Income Comparisons

U.S.: $41,994; New Jersey: $55,146; Elizabeth: $34,606;

18% of the population lives below the poverty line.

Poverty Level Comparisons

U.S.: 12%; New Jersey: 8%; Elizabeth: 18%;

Household Income Distribution

In thousands of dollars.

Work Type and Occupations

Work Type: Private wage and salary: 38,537; Government: 4,998; Self-employed: 1,774; Unpaid family work: 32; Occupation: Production, transportation, and material moving: 13,570; Sales and office: 12,378; Management, professional, and related: 8,721; Service: 8,488; Office and administrative support: 8,149; Production: 6,803;

Work Types in Elizabeth Common Occupations in Elizabeth

The average commute time is 31 minutes to and from work.

Transportation to Work

Car or truck (drove alone): 27,267; Car or truck (carpooled): 8,257; Public transportation: 6,801; Walked: 2,280; Worked at home: 528; Bicycle: 231; Motorcycle: 15;

Transportation to work methods in Elizabeth

Educational Attainment

Percent of population in Elizabeth.

There are 42,882 housing units, of which 9,654 are single family homes.

Owner vs. Renter Occupied Housing

All Housing Units: Owner: 12,082; Renter: 28,444; Vacant: 2,356; Owner-Occupied: Mortgaged: 7,945; Not Mortgaged: 4,137;

Owner vs. Renter Occupied Housing in Elizabeth

The median single family home value is $130,475.

Median Monthly Cost for Mortgaged Homes

U.S.: $1,088; New Jersey: $1,560; Elizabeth: $1,329;

Median Rent for Rental Units

U.S.: $519; New Jersey: $672; Elizabeth: $608;

The average household size is 3 and the median number of rooms in housing units is 4.

Housing Units By Year Built

1939 or earlier: 13,314; 1940 to 1949: 6,906; 1950 to 1959: 7,408; 1960 to 1969: 6,741; 1970 to 1979: 4,523; 1980 to 1989: 2,171; 1990 to 1994: 803; 1995 to 1998: 820; 1999 to March 2000: 196;

2.2% of homes lack plumbing and 5.7% lack telephone service.

Commonly Used Home Heating Fuel

Utility Gas: 28,686; Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.: 6,995; Electricity: 2,686; Bottled, tank, or LP gas: 1,554;

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