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Passaic County, New Jersey

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Passaic County is a county located in the state of New Jersey. As of 2000, the population is 489,049. Its county seat is Paterson6.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 510 km² (197 mi²). 480 km² (185 mi²) of it is land and 30 km² (12 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 5.97% water.

The highest point is any one of six areas on Bearfort Ridge in West Milford Township at approximately 1,480 ft (451 m) above sea level. The lowest elevation is approximately 30 ft (9 m) along the Passaic River in Clifton.

The southeastern, more populous half of the county is either flat near the river or mildly hilly. The northwestern section is rugged and mountainous.

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there are 489,049 people, 163,856 households, and 119,614 families residing in the county. The population density is 1,019/km² (2,639/mi²). There are 170,048 housing units at an average density of 354/km² (918/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 62.32% White, 13.22% Black or African American, 0.44% Native American, 3.69% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 16.24% from other races, and 4.05% from two or more races. 29.95% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 163,856 households out of which 35.60% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.50% are married couples living together, 16.00% have a female householder with no husband present, and 27.00% are non-families. 22.20% of all households are made up of individuals and 9.50% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.92 and the average family size is 3.42.

In the county the population is spread out with 26.10% under the age of 18, 9.30% from 18 to 24, 31.30% from 25 to 44, 21.30% from 45 to 64, and 12.10% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 35 years. For every 100 females there are 94.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 90.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $49,210, and the median income for a family is $56,054. Males have a median income of $38,740 versus $29,954 for females. The per capita income for the county is $21,370. 12.30% of the population and 9.40% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 17.30% of those under the age of 18 and 9.20% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Cities and towns

Regions of New Jersey Flag of New Jersey
Jersey Shore | Meadowlands | North Jersey | Pine Barrens | South Jersey | New York metropolitan area | Delaware Valley
Largest cities

Atlantic City | Bayonne | Camden | Clifton | East Orange | Elizabeth | Hackensack | Hoboken | Jersey City | Linden | Long Branch | New Brunswick | Newark | Passaic | Paterson | Perth Amboy | Plainfield | Trenton | Union City | Vineland

Counties of New Jersey

Atlantic | Bergen | Burlington | Camden | Cape May | Cumberland | Essex | Gloucester | Hudson | Hunterdon | Mercer | Middlesex | Monmouth | Morris | Ocean | Passaic | Salem | Somerset | Sussex | Union | Warren

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