The medium-size city of Elizabeth, New Jersey is home to approximately 129,000 residents. The city's residents, with an average age of just under 35, are decidedly younger than most cities in New Jersey. Most residents rent in Elizabeth, and 25% of residents are homeowners. The city boasts a relatively reasonable average rent of $1,139 per month, which is $133 less than the state average.
There are three primary industries in Elizabeth: retail, warehousing, and healthcare. Together, these industries account for 21% of the workforce in the city. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, 10% of the city's population works in transportation, which ranks as the top field in the city. Elizabeth workers earn an average annual income of almost $58,000, about $29,000 less than those elsewhere in New Jersey. Elizabeth's average income also trails the national average of $73,345. Compared to the national average, Elizabeth has a large concentration of residents older than 25 who have a high school degree or equivalent (25%). Furthermore, 8% have a Bachelor's, Master's, Professional, or Doctoral degree.
With an average commute time of about 29 minutes, shorter than most cities in New Jersey, Elizabeth residents have found that it isn't overly time-consuming to travel to work. Many residents (32%) drive their car to work, while public transportation is used by just 5% of the population. Walking (2%) isn't a common means of commuting to work, though the number exceeds the national average.