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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    D+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    D-
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    D+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    D+
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-
Paterson is a suburb of New York City with a population of 147,890. Paterson is in Passaic County. Living in Paterson offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Paterson there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families live in Paterson and residents tend to be liberal.
About Paterson...
Population
147,890

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$235,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,149
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    73%
  • Own
    27%
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Paterson Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    320.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    14.2
    6.1
  • Rape
    30.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    330.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    671.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,202.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    427.2
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    15%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    3%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    8%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    21%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    41%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    27%
    13%

Working in Paterson

Jobs
D+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$36,106
National
$55,322
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Paterson Reviews

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A hometown native, Paterson is a fast- paced and busy city that always has events and activities for the children; from back to school events to fairs to movie nights in the park. I personally do not have any children, but I believe it is awesome that the community engages its youth in productivity and fun instead of the youth engaging into activities that can potentially get them in trouble. It takes a village to raise a child and Paterson definitely knows how to raise them!
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My experience with Paterson was a pleasant one. I was raised in a well-balanced neighborhood with personable people in my exterior. The schools I have attended were cultural and diverse, instilling me with respective principles to develop good manners. The atmosphere of schools opened opportunities for me to unravel my personality and rise to challenges of being a leader, interactive, studious, etc. Nonetheless, public places have been very accepting of many traditions and ethics, allowing people to liberally express themselves. Furthermore, volunteering allowed me to better my character. My community is very open-minded to the concept of volunteering and promotes it to have people become impactful and united. My safety is assured; I feel comfortable to go out and take advantage of the satisfying climate. I have convenient access to healthy food and am grateful for the easy availability of organic foods because it allows me to maintain a healthy diet and love its outcome on my body.
I have been living in Paterson my whole life, and the diversity in Paterson is great, you get the opportunities to learn about different cultures and ethnicities. Just driving and walking around the neighborhood is unique, you see the diversity celebrated in different ways. I can never imagine living anywhere besides Paterson due to the diversity and the great people that live in Paterson. There are very many words to describe that I have for the city I was raised and grew up in, love is just simple, the best word to describe it is diversity and amazing. This is about Paterson and the love I have for it. Yes, it have it's ups and downs but overall is a good place. The one thing I would change is the public schools. Public schools in Paterson are the worst, I can be here all day typing what's wrong with them but the one thing is the adults need to start paying more attention to the schools then the unnecessary things.