Top Towns for Internet Access in Essex County NJ Households

Top Towns for Internet Access in Essex County NJ Households

For the first time in its history, the U.S. Census Bureau captured statistics on computer and internet usage for households in the United States.

In its annual ACS 5-year 2013-2017 survey, the U.S. Census Bureau details over 190 metrics associated with computer and internet usage by age, income , educational attainment and ethnicity.

In this segment we take a look at two of these metrics for households in Essex County New Jersey.

Click here for graphic highlighting where each town in Essex County ranks.

Top 5 Towns with computers and internet access in households.

North Cardwell ranks number on the county with 98% of households having computing devices and internet access.

Millburn places second with 98%. Followed by number three Essex Fells (97%), number 4 Cardwell (94.2%) and Glen Ridge (96.4) rounding out the top five.

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Most important US Census metric in Amazon’s HQ2 Newark decision?

Most important US Census metric in Amazon’s HQ2 Newark decision?

Could this have been the most important metric in the Newark NJ Amazon HQ2 decision?

In the 3rd installment of this series, we look at a US Census metric that may have led to Amazon’s decision in selecting Newark NJ for HQ2. This metric may also represent Newark’s greatest opportunity towards flourishing and attracting 1000’s of future high paying jobs for its residents.

The metric is Educational Attainment for the population 25 years and over.  Click here for more detailed data.

As the data shows, less than 15 percent of the population held a bachelor’s degree, or higher, and over 30 percent had a HS diploma only. These numbers have remained constant between 2012 and 2017. The numbers for each ward are consistent with the overall city.

Residents Living and Working In Newark NJ 2011 – 2017

Residents Living and Working In Newark NJ 2011 – 2017

As reported in the first installment of this series, resident incomes in the city of Newark NJ experienced a decrease of approximately 6 percent between 2011 and 2017, with the East Ward of the city (aka the Ironbound section) seeing a 7 percent rise in incomes over the same period.

Given the economic renaissance occurring in downtown Newark, Newark’s proximity to financial services and pharmaceutical hubs, and the continued migration of New Yorkers, at first glance it would appear likely that Newark would see a residual rise in incomes and residents living and working in the Newark over this seven year period.

However the data shows that the number of residents living and working in Newark has remained relatively flat with a slight decrease of 2 percent between 2011 and 2017.

Overall 4 of the 5 wards (districts) of Newark decreased or remained flat in the number of residents working and living in the city. The Central ward, which includes the downtown area, was the exception with an increase of 2 percent over the same period.

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Newark NJ Resident Income from 2011 to 2017

Newark NJ Resident Income from 2011 to 2017

Newark has made remarkable progress in reshaping the downtown area of the city. Buildings have risen out of the dust, while historic sites have been resurrected and reborn again.

So how have Newark residents faired during this renaissance? This series will take a look at the rise of the workforce, incomes, and status of the residents in Newark.

With the uptick in companies placing a significant bet on Newark, the median incomes of Newark residents remain low. The following chart gives a breakdown of income by wards (districts) of the city.

As the data shows, the median income for the city of Newark NJ fell during the same 7 year period (see chart Resident Income by Ward).

Overall income levels for 4 of the 5 Newark wards have dropped over the 7 year period from 2011 to 2017. The East ward is the exception as median incomes in this ward had a modest rise during the same period.

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