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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Housing
    D-
  3. Nightlife
    A+
  4. Good for Families
    B
  5. Diversity
    A+
  6. Jobs
    C-
  7. Weather
    C+
  8. Cost of Living
    D
  9. Health & Fitness
    A
  10. Outdoor Activities
    A
  11. Commute
    B-
Essex County is located in New Jersey with a population of 793,555. In Essex County, most residents rent their homes. In Essex County there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Essex County and residents tend to be liberal.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$372,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,143
National
$949
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    56%
  • Own
    44%
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Essex County Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    244.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    12.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    26.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    232.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    345.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,124.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    470.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    14%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    23%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    28%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    14%
    13%

Working in Essex County

Jobs
C-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$59,302
National
$55,322

Essex County Reviews

18 reviews
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I've lived in Essex County for about 41 years and I must say that it has it's good and bad features, like every state does. What I like about Essex County is the convenience of the transportation system and everything needed to survive, being in close proximity. What I don't like is most things being overpriced, the crime rate and traffic! But Essex County is easily accessible to New York City, which I love. If you're fortunate enough to live in the rich areas of EC, I'm sure it's a dream.
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Very warm, the people are very nice. The great learning environment, teachers and counselors are very resourceful and helpful. A variety of cultures and backgrounds to learn from. Will definitely recommend going to this school
Good place to save money, great colleges and transportation systems and the rating for a family friendly environment is also affected by the lack of safety after hours. The cost of living is average, which also affects the real state, hence making the market not so desirable.