Newark, New Jersey is located just across the Hudson River from Manhattan Island, New York and often serves as the entry point for day trips into New York City. Newark, the country's third oldest city and largest city in New Jersey, was home to more than 278,000 residents in July of 2009. Newark also is home to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, which hosts big-name acts and events, as well as the Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium, home to the Newark Bears minor league baseball team. A major redevelopment effort has transformed Newark's aging downtown core, which is rich in ethnic diversity. Notable museums in Newark include the Montclair Art Museum and the Newark Museum.
Colleges in Newark, New Jersey
The most well-known name in New Jersey higher education is the Newark campus of Rutgers University, one of three campuses of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Rutgers had a student enrollment of 11,500 in the fall of 2009. Other colleges and universities in Newark include: Essex County College, Seton Hall University Law School, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Berkeley College and University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Newark is a college town, with tens of thousands of students attending Newark's many colleges and universities. The revitalized downtown includes many cultural attractions. It is easy to travel from Newark to New York, or to the Jersey Shore an hour away. Newark Liberty International Airport also is among the nation's busiest airports.
Working in Newark, NJ
Newark is home to Port Newark, the largest seaport on the East Coast. Several large companies also are headquartered in New Jersey, including:
- Prudential Financial
- Public Service Electric and Gas
- Verizon New Jersey
Annual wages in the Newark-Union, Penn. metropolitan area, $52,760, are significantly higher than the national average of $43,460. However, the cost of living also exceeded the national average by about 28 percent. Many people in the region's workforce of nearly 1 million were employed in fields including:
- Business and financial
- Food service/food preparation
- Office and administrative
- Sales positions
New Jersey's statewide unemployment rate of 9.7 percent in July was slightly higher than the national average of 9.5 percent. Newark's unemployment rate mirrored that of the entire state.