Newark is the most populous city in New Jersey and one of the oldest cities in the country. Its location along the Passaic and Hackensack Rivers made it a central hub for manufacturing in the 19th century, a history that is still present today. A large section of the city that is exposed to coastal flooding includes Port Newark. Part of the Port of New York and New Jersey, Port Newark is the largest port on the east coast and the third largest port in the country. Port Newark is surrounded by a mix of industrial and residential areas. This leads to historic and ongoing environmental justice issues for residents, including poor air quality and hazards associated with contaminated sites.
After decades of decline, the population of Newark has been growing in recent years. Some of that growth is concentrated in the Ironbound neighborhood and the Passaic riverfront, other areas that are exposed to flood risks.
Below are the latest demographic statistics for Newark, the most populous city in the state.
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