New Jersey

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2020 Population
8.89M
0.0779% 1-year growth
US Senator
Bob Menendez
Democratic Party
US Senator
Cory Booker
Democratic Party
2020 Median Age
40
0.251% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
9.67%
3.12% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$85,245
3.27% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$343,500
2.35% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
4.25M
0.0428% 1-year decline

About

In 2020, New Jersey had a population of 8.89M people with a median age of 40 and a median household income of $85,245. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of New Jersey grew from 8.88M to 8.89M, a 0.0779% increase and its median household income grew from $82,545 to $85,245, a 3.27% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in New Jersey are White (Non-Hispanic) (54.7%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (12.6%), White (Hispanic) (10.8%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (9.58%), and Other (Hispanic) (5.88%).

31.6% of the households in New Jersey reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

90.3% of the residents in New Jersey are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in New Jersey are Rutgers University-New Brunswick (13,483 degrees awarded in 2020), Montclair State University (5,288 degrees), and Rowan University (5,221 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in New Jersey was $343,500, and the homeownership rate was 64%. Most people in New Jersey drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 32 minutes. The average car ownership in New Jersey was 2 cars per household.

New Jersey borders Delaware, New York, and Pennsylvania.

About the photo: State Capitol Rotunda, Trenton, NJ

Diversity

New Jersey is home to a population of 8.89M people, from which 90.3% are citizens. As of 2020, 22.7% of New Jersey residents were born outside of the country (2.01M people).

In 2020, there were 4.33 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (4.86M people) in New Jersey than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.12M Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 961k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The most common non-English languages spoken as the primary langauge in households in New Jersey are Spanish (1,368,165 households), Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese) (119,892 households), and Portuguese (84,801 households).

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in New Jersey
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    4.86M ± 2.99k
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    1.12M ± 3.8k
  3. White (Hispanic)
    961k ± 9.47k
20.4%
Hispanic Population
1.82M people

In 2020, there were 4.33 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (4.86M people) in New Jersey than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.12M Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 961k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

20.4% of the people in New Jersey are hispanic (1.82M people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in New Jersey as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Households

Most Common Non-English Languages
  1. Spanish
    1,368,165 households (16.4%)
  2. Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese)
    119,892 households (1.43%)
  3. Portuguese
    84,801 households (1.01%)

31.6% of the households in New Jersey reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language, which is higher than the national average of 21.5%. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

In 2020, the most common non-English language spoken in households in New Jersey was Spanish. 16.4% of the households in New Jersey reported speaking Spanish at home as the primary shared language between all members living in the household.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

22.7%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
2.01M people
22.4%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
1.99M people

As of 2020, 22.7% of New Jersey residents (2.01M people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in New Jersey was 22.4%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

37
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.1
46
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 0.2

In 2020, the median age of all people in New Jersey was 40. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 46. But people in New Jersey are getting getting older. In 2019, the average age of all New Jersey residents was 40.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin
  1. India
    263,388 ± 12,412 people
  2. Dominican Republic
    182,812 ± 10,389 people
  3. Mexico
    106,394 ± 7,960 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of New Jersey was India, the natal country of 263,388 New Jersey residents, followed by Dominican Republic with 182,812 and Mexico with 106,394.

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Citizenship

90.3%
2020 Citizenship
90.2%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 90.3% of New Jersey residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in New Jersey was 90.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    112,295 ± 2,551
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    47,385 ± 1,890
  3. Korea
    33,691 ± 1,070

New Jersey has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.37 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Y-Axis

This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in New Jersey, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in New Jersey (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in New Jersey. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in New Jersey.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of New Jersey across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

Median household income in New Jersey is $85,245. In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income in New Jersey was Hunterdon County, NJ with a value of $117,858, followed by Morris County, NJ and Somerset County, NJ, with respective values of $117,298 and $116,510.

Males in New Jersey have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $67,739. The income inequality in New Jersey (measured using the Gini index) is 0.49, which is higher than than the national average.

The economy of New Jersey employs 4.25M people. The largest industries in New Jersey are Elementary & secondary schools (316,361 people), Construction (234,690 people), and Restaurants & Food Services (208,145 people), and the highest paying industries are Securities, commodities, funds, trusts & other financial investments ($184,290), Internet publishing, broadcasting & web search portals ($158,638), and Software publishing ($154,336).

Wages

Median Household Income

$85,245
2020 value
± $402
3.27%
1 Year Growth
± 0.655%

Households in New Jersey have a median annual income of $85,245, which is more than the median annual income of $64,994 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $82,545 in 2019, which represents a 3.27% annual growth.

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Wage by Sex in Common Jobs

$92,684
Average Male Salary in New Jersey
± $1,757
$67,739
Average Female Salary in New Jersey
± $1,291

In 2020, full-time male employees in New Jersey made 1.37 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the sex-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in New Jersey by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in New Jersey
  1. Asian
    $90,898 ± $3,461
  2. White
    $75,005 ± $1,298
  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    $57,879 ± $42,752

In 2020 the highest paid race/ethnicity of New Jersey workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.21 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in New Jersey.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in New Jersey by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

0.49
2020 Wage GINI in New Jersey
0.493
2019 Wage GINI in New Jersey

In 2020, the income inequality in New Jersey was 0.49 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.5% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for New Jersey was higher than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in New Jersey in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in New Jersey across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Race/Ethnicity
Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in New Jersey was Hunterdon County, NJ with a value of $117,858, followed by Morris County, NJ and Somerset County, NJ, with respective values of $117,298 and $116,510.

The following map shows all of the counties in New Jersey colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Sex

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

9.67% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in New Jersey (843k out of 8.71M people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Females 55 - 64.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. White
    434,362 ± 5,666
  2. Hispanic
    302,326 ± 4,704
  3. Black
    187,618 ± 3,863

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in New Jersey is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

4.25M
2020 Value
−0.0428%
1 Year decline
± −0.0428%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in New Jersey declined at a rate of −0.0428%, from 4.25M employees to 4.25M employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in New Jersey, are Other managers (131,039 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (115,170 people), and Retail salespersons (92,537 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of New Jersey.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of New Jersey, by number of employees, are Other managers (131,039 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (115,170 people), and Retail salespersons (92,537 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other states, New Jersey has an unusually high number of residents working as Crossing guards (3.3 times higher than expected), Podiatrists (3.08 times), and Actuaries (2.65 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of New Jersey, by average salary, are Surgeons ($335,115), Physicians ($250,154), and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents ($232,718).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

4.25M
2020 Value
−0.0428%
1 Year decline
± −0.0428%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in New Jersey declined at a rate of −0.0428%, from 4.25M employees to 4.25M employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in New Jersey, are Elementary & secondary schools (316,361 people), Construction (234,690 people), and Restaurants & Food Services (208,145 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of New Jersey, though some of these residents may live in New Jersey and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in New Jersey, by number of employees, are Elementary & secondary schools (316,361 people), Construction (234,690 people), and Restaurants & Food Services (208,145 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other states, New Jersey has an unusually high number of Pharmaceutical & medicine manufacturing (3.85 times higher than expected), Soap, cleaning compound, & cosmetics manufacturing (3.09 times), and Other information services, except libraries & archives, & internet publishing & broadcasting & web search portals (2.9 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in New Jersey, by average salary, are Securities, commodities, funds, trusts & other financial investments ($184,290), Internet publishing, broadcasting & web search portals ($158,638), and Software publishing ($154,336).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from New Jersey to other states, or from other states to New Jersey.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $70.5B
  2. $58.9B
  3. $50.4B

In 2020, the top outbound New Jersey product (by dollars) was Electronics with $70.5B, followed by Pharmaceuticals ($58.9B) and Motorized vehicles ($50.4B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound New Jersey products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$649B
2020 Value in New Jersey
$1.35T
Projected 2050 Value in New Jersey
108% growth

In 2020, total outbound New Jersey trade was $649B. This is expected to increase 108% to $1.35T by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound New Jersey trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from New Jersey to other states, or from other states to New Jersey.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $116B
  2. $61.4B
  3. $24.4B

In 2020, the top outbound New Jersey domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New York with $116B, followed by Pennsylvania with $61.4B and California and $24.4B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that New Jersey shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in New Jersey went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 57.3% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (41.4%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.696%). The most partisan county was Essex County, NJ with 77.3% of the vote going to Joseph R Biden Jr. running for the Democratic Party.

Bob Menendez and Cory Booker are the senators currently representing the state of New Jersey. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

New Jersey is currently represented by 12 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

Joseph R Biden Jr.
Popular Vote for New Jersey
57.3% for the Democratic Party
Most Partisan Counties in New Jersey
  1. 77.3% for Joseph R Biden Jr. (Democratic Party)
  2. 72.6% for Joseph R Biden Jr. (Democratic Party)
  3. 69.4% for Joseph R Biden Jr. (Democratic Party)

In the 2020 presidential election, the most partisan county in New Jersey was Essex County, NJ with 77.3% of the vote going to Joseph R Biden Jr. running for the Democratic Party.

The following map shows the counties in New Jersey colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from New Jersey

Bob Menendez
Senator from New Jersey1
Assumed office on January 17, 2006
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Jon Corzine, who was elected Governor of New Jersey.
Cory Booker
Senator from New Jersey2
Assumed office on October 31, 2013
Elected to the seat to succeed Jeffrey Chiesa, who had been appointed to the seat following the death of Frank Lautenberg.

Bob Menendez and Cory Booker are the senators currently representing New Jersey.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in New Jersey over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from New Jersey

New Jersey is currently represented by 12 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for New Jersey have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2020, universities in New Jersey awarded 101,878 degrees. The student population of New Jersey is skewed towards women, with 181,858 male students and 229,206 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in New Jersey are White (46,423 and 48.7%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (19,179 and 20.1%), Black or African American (12,453 and 13.1%), and Asian (9,316 and 9.78%).

The largest universities in New Jersey by number of degrees awarded are Rutgers University-New Brunswick (13,483 and 13.2%), Montclair State University (5,288 and 5.19%), and Rowan University (5,221 and 5.12%).

The most popular majors in New Jersey are Liberal Arts & Sciences (8,943 and 8.78%), General Business Administration & Management (7,617 and 7.48%), and Registered Nursing (4,857 and 4.77%).

The median tuition costs in New Jersey are $12,750 for private four year colleges, and $12,230 and $22,204 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 2,410 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 3,823 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 3,453 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in New Jersey was General Biological Sciences with 2,410 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in New Jersey according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 13,483 degrees awarded
  2. 5,288 degrees awarded
  3. 5,221 degrees awarded
$12,230
Median In-State Public
$12,750
Median Private

In 2020, the New Jersey institution with the largest number of graduating students was Rutgers University-New Brunswick with 13,483 degrees awarded.

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Student Sex for Common Institutions

43,925
Degrees Awarded to Men
57,953
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2020, 43,925 men were awarded degrees from institutions in New Jersey, which is 0.758 times less than the 57,953 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the sex disparity between the institutions in New Jersey by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    46,423 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    19,179 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    12,453 degrees awarded

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in New Jersey was White students. These 46,423 degrees mean that there were 2.42 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 19,179 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in New Jersey was $343,500 in 2020, which is 1.49 times larger than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $335,600 to $343,500, a 2.35% increase. The homeownership rate in New Jersey is 64%, which is lower than the national average of 64.4%. People in New Jersey have an average commute time of 32 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in New Jersey is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$343,500
2020 Median
± $980
$335,600
2019 Median
± $797

In 2020, the median property value in New Jersey grew to to $343,500 from the previous year's value of $335,600.

The following charts display, first, the property values in New Jersey compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In New Jersey the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$85,245
Median Household Income
± $402
3.27M
Number of Households
± 14,513

In 2020, the median household income of the 3.27M households in New Jersey grew to $85,245 from the previous year's value of $82,545.

The following chart displays the households in New Jersey distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $200k+ range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+
Average Range

This chart shows the households in New Jersey distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In New Jersey the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

64%
2020 Homeownership
63.9%
2019 Homeownership

In 2020, 64% of the housing units in New Jersey were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 63.9%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 64.4%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in New Jersey compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

32 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in New Jersey have a longer commute time (32 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 5.29% of the workforce in New Jersey have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (69.6%)
  2. Public Transit (10.8%)
  3. Carpooled (7.82%)

In 2020, 69.6% of workers in New Jersey drove alone to work, followed by those who used public transit to get to work (10.8%) and those who carpooled to work (7.82%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in New Jersey distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in New Jersey have 2 cars, followed by false.

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Health

92.4% of the population of New Jersey has health coverage, with 54.8% on employee plans, 14.3% on Medicaid, 12.4% on Medicare, 10.3% on non-group plans, and 0.597% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in New Jersey was $8,859 in 2014. This is a 4.91% increase from the previous year ($8,444).

Primary care physicians in New Jersey see 1179 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.841% decrease from the previous year (1189 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1135 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 415 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Salem County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (15.6%). Additionally, Salem County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,179 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in New Jersey

Primary care physicians in New Jersey see an average of 1,179 patients per year. This represents a 0.841% decrease from the previous year (1,189 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in New Jersey in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$8,859
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in New Jersey
$5,081
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$8,049
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$12,614
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in New Jersey (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.91%, from $8,444 to $8,859.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

7.55%
Uninsured
54.8%
Employer Coverage
14.3%
Medicaid
12.4%
Medicare
10.3%
Non-Group
0.597%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in New Jersey declined by 3.1% from 7.79% to 7.55%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in New Jersey changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 15.6% prevalence
  2. 13.4% prevalence
  3. 13.2% prevalence

Salem County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in New Jersey, at 15.6%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in New Jersey by county over multiple years.

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