Get to know Jersey City, NJ

The second largest city in New Jersey, Jersey City is part of the greater New York metropolitan area.  It was incorporated in 1838.  The 19th century saw the railroads drive the city forward.  They represented the largest employers in the city into the early 20th century.  The 1950’s to 1980’s saw Jersey City plagued by corruption and a rise in crime and civil unrest.  As a result the population plummeted as residents fled to the suburbs.  The development of the waterfront began to revitalize the city in the 1980’s.  The resulting building boom brought the development of the Exchange Place, otherwise known as Wall Street West.  The city is a popular place for immigrants, making it one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world.  Notable residents have included Martha Stuart, Nathan Lane, and Akon.

Quick Facts

Population: 264,277

Median Household Income: $59,485

Median Property Value: $331,100

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