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Newark is a city in Essex County, in the New York metro area.

It is the county seat.

One tradition says the city was named after a town in England; another says the name stems from the biblical "New Ark"

The latitude of Newark is 40.735N. The longitude is -74.172W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 30 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 277,911.


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Median household income
Local
$26,913
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Newark demographic reports
Newark is on the Passaic River
Puritan settlement. Early leather-making center; became a transportation hub in the early 19th century

Decline began in the 1950s, with riots in 1967-68

Public transportation: New Jersey Transit, PATH Rail, Suburban Transit, Trans-Bridge Lines (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 2,731. The number of murders and homicides was 81. The violent crime rate was 9.8 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1987 movie, "Outrageous Fortune"
· 2004 movie, "Garden State"
· 2004 movie, "Imaginary Heroes"
Census 2000 highlights: More than three-fourths of the housing units were occupied by renters in 2000 - the highest proportion in the country
Well-known residents have included:
· Jerry Lewis, comedian, actor
· Whitney Houston, singer
· Brian De Palma, director and screenwriter
· Paul Simon, singer and songwriter
Local bands (past and present) have included Four Seasons
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Seattle's Best Coffee, Starbucks
Performing arts: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation: Branch Brook Park
Sports teams: Bears (minor league baseball)
Historic sites and museums: Newark Museum, New Jersey Historical Society
Colleges and universities: New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rutgers University - Newark Campus, Essex County College, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 127

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Newark demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Essex County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Newark area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 07108 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

1% of Newark residents report German ancestry, and 1% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Newark ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Newark was $13,009, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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9% of Newark residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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History

Historic districts in Newark include Forest Hill Historic District, Four Corners Historic District, James Street Commons Historic District, Lincoln Park Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Newark, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $525.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,325.


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Libraries in Newark include Branch Brook Branch, Clinton Branch, First Avenue Branch, Madison Area Library, Newark Public Library, North End Branch, Roseville Branch, Springfield Branch, Vailsburg Branch, Van Buren Branch ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Newark include Star-Ledger

TV stations in Newark include WFUT, WNET.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WBGO.

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Essex County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Newark political report.

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The average commute time for Newark workers is 32 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 98 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Newark between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 3.6 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was slightly lower than the national norm.

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