Poverty in New Jersey

What is the poverty rate in New Jersey?
The poverty rate in New Jersey is 10.7%. One out of every 9.4 residents of New Jersey lives in poverty.

How many people in New Jersey live in poverty?
938,252 of 8,783,989 residents reported income levels below the poverty line in the last year.

How does the Poverty Rate in New Jersey compare to the national average?
New Jersey ranks 7th in Poverty Rate at 10.7%(poverty rankings by state).The Poverty Rate of New Jersey is significantly lower than the national average of 14.6%.

New Jersey Poverty Rate County Map

New Jersey County Poverty Rate Comparison

New Jersey Poverty Rate By Sex

What is the poverty rate for men vs women living in New Jersey?

Male

The Poverty Rate for men who live in New Jersey is 9.7%.

Female

The Poverty Rate for women who live in New Jersey is 11.7%.

Poverty Rate Disparity for Male vs Female Residents of New Jersey

Female residents of New Jersey are meaningfully(20%) more likely to live in poverty than males.

412,106 of 4,269,091 males in New Jersey live below the poverty line.

526,146 of 4,514,898 females in New Jersey live below the poverty line.

New Jersey Poverty Rate By Age

What's the Poverty Rate in New Jersey By Age?

New Jersey Poverty Rate Distribution by Age

Breakdown of New Jersey Poverty Rate By Age

  • Children Under 6 in New Jersey have a Poverty Rate of 17.1%.
  • Children 6 to 11 Years Old in New Jersey have a Poverty Rate of 15.3%.
  • Adolescents 12 to 17 Years Old in New Jersey have a Poverty Rate of 13.5%.
  • Adults 18 to 59 Years Old in New Jersey have a Poverty Rate of 9.8%.
  • Adults 60 to 74 Years Old in New Jersey have a Poverty Rate of 7.6%.
  • 75 to 84 Years Old in New Jersey have a Poverty Rate of 9.4%.
  • Over 85 Years Old in New Jersey have a Poverty Rate of 9.9%.

Historical New Jersey Poverty Rate

New Jersey Historical Poverty Rate
Year Poverty Rate YoY % Change National

2010

10.3% 15.3%

2011

10.4% 1.0% 15.9%

2012

10.8% 3.0% 15.9%

2013

11.4% 6.0% 15.8%

2014

11.1% 3.0% 15.5%

2015

10.8% 3.0% 14.7%

2016

10.4% 3.0% 14.0%

2017

10.0% 4.0% 13.4%
Source: 2010-2017 ACS 1 Year

New Jersey Poverty Rate By Race

Race Population Poverty Rate National Poverty Rate Population

Black

1,158,587

19.2% 25.2% 12.9%

American Indian

17,660

23.2% 26.8% 0.2%

Asian

830,031

6.7% 11.9% 9.3%

Pacific Islander

2,794

27.3% 19.0% 0.0%

Other

566,370

22.5% 23.8% 6.3%

Two Or More Races

225,012

15.4% 18.4% 2.5%

White

4,938,421

6.3% 10.3% 55.1%

Hispanic

1,737,472

19.6% 22.2% 19.4%

What's the Poverty Rate in New Jersey By Race?

19.2% of Black residents of New Jersey live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of black residents in New Jersey is dramatically lower than the national average of 25.2%. 221,952 of 1,158,587 black New Jerseyans live below the poverty line. Approximately 12.9% of the total population of New Jersey are black.

6.7% of Asian residents of New Jersey live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of asian residents in New Jersey is dramatically lower than the national average of 11.9%. 55,685 of 830,031 asian New Jerseyans live below the poverty line. Approximately 9.3% of the total population of New Jersey are asian.

6.3% of White residents of New Jersey live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of white residents in New Jersey is dramatically lower than the national average of 10.3%. 310,130 of 4,938,421 white New Jerseyans live below the poverty line. Approximately 55.1% of the total population of New Jersey are white.

19.6% of Hispanic residents of New Jersey live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of hispanic residents in New Jersey is the same as than the national average. 340,748 of 1,737,472 hispanic New Jerseyans live below the poverty line. Approximately 19.4% of the total population of New Jersey are hispanic.

New Jersey Poverty Rate By School Enrollment

Understanding where poverty hits hardest in New Jersey can be better understood by segmenting poverty by whether or not the resident is in school or not.

  • Enrolled in School in New Jersey have a Poverty Rate of 14.0%.
  • The Poverty Rate of New Jersey residents enrolled in school is dramatically lower than the national average of 20.1%. This translates to 304,856 of 2,178,672 New Jerseyans enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 24.3% of the total population of New Jersey are currently enrolled in school.

  • Not Enrolled in School in New Jersey have a Poverty Rate of 9.2%.
  • The Poverty Rate of New Jersey residents not enrolled in school is significantly lower than the national average of 12.2%. This translates to 579,849 of 6,302,047 New Jerseyans not enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 70.3% of the total population of New Jersey are currently not enrolled in school.

Poverty for younger ages in New Jersey is seen as the most undesirable for the future of the community.

  • Enrolled in Nursery School in New Jersey have a Poverty Rate of 14.3%.
  • The Poverty Rate of New Jersey residents enrolled in nursery school is meaningfully lower than the national average of 18.0%. This translates to 24,180 of 168,520 New Jerseyans enrolled in nursery school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.9% of the total population of New Jersey are currently enrolled in nursery school.

  • Enrolled in Elementary School(Grades 1-4) in New Jersey have a Poverty Rate of 16.1%.
  • The Poverty Rate of New Jersey residents enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) is significantly lower than the national average of 21.2%. This translates to 69,595 of 433,178 New Jerseyans enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 4.8% of the total population of New Jersey are currently enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4).

Poverty for developing children and young adults in New Jersey can have drastic impacts on graduation and college attendance rates.

  • Enrolled in Middle School(Grade 5-8) in New Jersey have a Poverty Rate of 13.9%.
  • The Poverty Rate of New Jersey residents enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) is significantly lower than the national average of 19.0%. This translates to 62,473 of 448,399 New Jerseyans enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.0% of the total population of New Jersey are currently enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8).

  • Enrolled in High School (Grades 9-12) in New Jersey have a Poverty Rate of 13.2%.
  • The Poverty Rate of New Jersey residents enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) is significantly lower than the national average of 17.7%. This translates to 62,554 of 473,172 New Jerseyans enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.3% of the total population of New Jersey are currently enrolled in high school (grades 9-12).

Adult students in college, graduate or professional schools generally bring employers, revenue and higher living wages post-graduation and are seen as a positive to the community.

  • Enrolled in Undergraduate School in New Jersey have a Poverty Rate of 12.5%.
  • The Poverty Rate of New Jersey residents enrolled in undergraduate school is dramatically lower than the national average of 23.4%. This translates to 53,261 of 425,196 New Jerseyans enrolled in undergraduate school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 4.7% of the total population of New Jersey are currently enrolled in undergraduate school.

  • Enrolled in Graduate or Professional School in New Jersey have a Poverty Rate of 12.2%.
  • The Poverty Rate of New Jersey residents enrolled in graduate or professional school is dramatically lower than the national average of 17.2%. This translates to 14,526 of 119,185 New Jerseyans enrolled in graduate or professional school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.3% of the total population of New Jersey is currently enrolled in graduate or professional school.

Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

New Jersey Poverty Rate By Place of Birth

What is the poverty rate for residents of New Jersey born US Citizens vs Foreign-Born?

10.1%

The Poverty Rate for residents of New Jersey who were born citizens of the United States is 10.1%.

12.7%

The Poverty Rate for residents of New Jersey who were born citizens of a country other than the US is 12.7%.

Poverty Rate for residents of New Jersey born US Citizens vs Foreign-Born

Foreign-born residents of New Jersey have a higher poverty rate than those who were born US citizens.

Of the 6,820,103 residents of New Jersey who were born citizens of the United States, 689,355 (10.1%) had income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Conversely, 248,897 (12.7%) of 1,963,886 residents of New Jersey who were born citizens of a country other than the US reported income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

New Jersey Poverty Rate By City

New Jersey Poverty Rate Distribution by City
City Rank Poverty Rate Population

Asbury Park

453rd

30.4% 15,830

Atlantic City

460th

40.6% 39,075

Avenel

172nd

5.3% 18,846

Bayonne

405th

15.7% 66,719

Bergenfield

199th

5.9% 27,694

Bradley Gardens

110th

3.7% 14,772

Bridgeton

454th

32.3% 24,948

Camden

458th

37.4% 75,550

Carteret

377th

12.8% 24,040

Cherry Hill Mall

300th

8.8% 14,017

Cliffside Park

362nd

11.8% 24,861

Clifton

317th

9.5% 86,207

Collingswood

186th

5.7% 13,969

Colonia

44th

2.4% 17,486

Dover

351st

11.2% 18,307

Dumont

114th

3.8% 17,882

East Orange

425th

19.1% 65,151

Eatontown

305th

9.2% 12,258

Elizabeth

419th

18.1% 129,363

Elmwood Park

272nd

7.7% 20,293

Englewood

312th

9.4% 28,509

Fair Lawn

118th

3.9% 33,447

Fairview

402nd

15.0% 14,422

Fords

178th

5.4% 15,915

Fort Lee

352nd

11.4% 37,058

Franklin Park

240th

6.8% 15,090

Garfield

417th

17.7% 31,808

Glassboro

436th

21.3% 19,387

Hackensack

396th

14.3% 44,673

Hamilton Square

11th

1.0% 12,877

Hammonton

350th

11.2% 14,557

Harrison

408th

16.2% 15,898

Hawthorne

166th

5.1% 19,065

Highland Park

325th

10.0% 14,250

Hoboken

333rd

10.4% 54,117

Holiday City-Berkeley

289th

8.4% 12,242

Hopatcong

125th

4.1% 14,507

Iselin

170th

5.2% 19,422

Jersey City

421st

18.7% 265,932

Kearny

360th

11.7% 42,487

Lakewood

457th

37.2% 55,135

Linden

332nd

10.3% 42,230

Lindenwold

416th

17.5% 17,481

Lodi

387th

13.2% 24,805

Long Branch

418th

17.9% 30,751

Madison

210th

6.2% 16,080

Mercerville

127th

4.1% 13,154

Metuchen

35th

2.1% 13,940

Middlesex

261st

7.5% 13,875

Millville

430th

19.8% 28,235

Moorestown-Lenola

78th

3.1% 14,189

Morristown

255th

7.4% 18,833

New Brunswick

456th

35.5% 56,792

New Milford

222nd

6.4% 16,760

New Providence

105th

3.5% 12,716

Newark

450th

28.3% 282,803

North Arlington

271st

7.7% 15,877

North Plainfield

284th

8.1% 22,092

Oakland

79th

3.1% 13,145

Ocean Acres

187th

5.7% 16,227

Old Bridge

98th

3.4% 23,871

Palisades Park

344th

11.0% 20,716

Paramus

54th

2.6% 26,919

Passaic

455th

33.1% 71,057

Paterson

451st

29.0% 147,890

Perth Amboy

433rd

20.5% 52,563

Phillipsburg

420th

18.2% 14,540

Plainfield

434th

20.9% 51,097

Pleasantville

440th

22.9% 20,568

Point Pleasant

167th

5.1% 18,519

Princeton Meadows

201st

6.0% 13,692

Princeton

216th

6.2% 30,722

Rahway

278th

7.9% 29,443

Ramsey

43rd

2.4% 15,121

Ridgefield Park

297th

8.7% 13,070

Ridgewood

143rd

4.4% 25,554

Ringwood

42nd

2.3% 12,451

Roselle Park

262nd

7.5% 13,709

Roselle

364th

11.8% 21,746

Rutherford

225th

6.4% 18,622

Sayreville

215th

6.2% 44,744

Secaucus

239th

6.8% 19,279

Short Hills

19th

1.2% 13,092

Somerset

156th

4.8% 24,779

South Plainfield

107th

3.6% 24,154

South River

319th

9.7% 16,345

Springdale

59th

2.7% 13,916

Summit

164th

5.1% 22,155

Tenafly

135th

4.2% 14,882

Tinton Falls

243rd

6.9% 17,902

Toms River

224th

6.4% 88,707

Trenton

447th

27.3% 84,867

Union City

441st

23.0% 69,815

Vineland

410th

16.5% 60,824

West Freehold

132nd

4.2% 13,703

West New York

438th

21.9% 53,345

Westfield

58th

2.7% 30,591

Williamstown

357th

11.5% 15,191

Woodbridge

253rd

7.4% 18,836

Woodland Park

211th

6.2% 12,542

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