Newark is New Jersey’s largest and second most diverse city. Its neighborhoods are populated with people from various backgrounds: African Americans, Latin Americans, Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Italians, Irish, Spaniards, Jamaicans, Haitians, Portuguese, Brazilians and many more.
The city is divided into five wards, each with distinct neighborhoods. Residential neighborhoods exist primarily in the North, Central and West Wards, while industry is concentrated largely in the East and South Wards near the airport and seaport.
North Newark is composed of the following neighborhoods: Roseville, Forest Hill, Branch Brook Park, Mount Pleasant, Seventh Avenue, and Broadway. The ward primarily is a residential enclave with a mixture of housing typologies, from detached single family homes to stately Georgian mansion and modern high-rise apartment buildings with apartments that offer breathtaking views of New York City.
Within the City of Newark exists 20 primary anchor institutions which none are housed within the North ward. However, North Newark houses several key small businesses and anchor organizations. These organizations are: La Casa De Don Pedro, Mt. Prospect Partnership, and The North Ward Center.
Clinton Hill and Weequahic comprise the two primary neighborhoods in the South Ward. Clinton Hill is a bustling residential community with significant new residential and commercial construction underway. Weequahic is best known for its park of the same name, which lies at the southern end of the ward and boasts a large lake. With excellent access to Route 78, the ward also houses Newark Beth Israel Medical, the city’s second largest hospital, as well as the many businesses that support the nearby Newark Liberty International Airport.
The Central Ward holds the most diverse set of development in Newark. From commercial, to residential, University, Hospital, Transportation, Office and Park, the wide array of development tools in our reach are vast. Downtown is the largest downtown in the state of New Jersey. Its assets include 60,000 office workers, the headquarters of five major corporations, five university campuses, and one of the best public transit systems in the nation among mid-sized cities.
The daytime population of Newark is over 400,000, including a workforce of 47,000 people living within one half mile of the intersection of Broad and Market Streets. This has contributed to the largest (Central Ward be the greatest) volume of commercial spaces and proposed residential developments.
Newark, the “Gateway City” is the state’s largest city and an important economic center for the region. It is home to Port Newark, which, combined with the Elizabeth Marine Terminal, is the largest port of the East Coast and 3rd largest port in the country; has the largest education center in the state with over 50,000 students and faculty at its five colleges and universities. Newark is headquarters to numerous corporations such as, Prudential Financial, PSE&G, Panasonic Corporation of North America, and Audible.com. One of the common denominators of the above mentioned institutions is that they are primarily located in the Hub of Newark, which is its Central Ward.
Newark has been building upon its competitive assets leading to its current revitalization. Newark’s growing popularity coupled with the dedicated leadership of the Newark Community make it an ideal time to leverage the current momentum to enhance Newark’s burgeoning economy, and to increase the quality of life for all Newark’s residents.
The East Ward is a vibrant, densely populated, mixed-use neighborhood. The center of Newark’s manufacturing sector was historically located in the North Ironbound, particularly proximate to Route 1 & 9 to the east, and this industrial heritage is still apparent in some areas of the neighborhood. Home to a variety of ethnic communities over the past century, the East Ward has long attracted new immigrants looking to settle in the city, and continues to do so today. Portuguese and Spanish immigrants began to arrive in the Ironbound in the 1920s, adding to the mix of primarily Polish, Italian, Irish, and German residents. The Portuguese population continued to grow through the 1960 and 70s, soon followed by Portuguese-speaking Brazilians and, more recently, Central and South Americans as well as commuters to Manhattan. 72% are foreign born and the total population is around 55,000. 97% of its population is employed and the average household income is about $50,600.00 with the median home value estimated around $263,600.00. The East Ward contributes 60% of Newark’s residential tax revenue and 80% of the city’s commercial tax revenue. The estimated assessed value of the ward’s commercial and residential property is $1,100,000.
The West Ward’s 55,000 person population resides in the historic neighborhoods of Fairmount, Lower and Upper Roseville, Westside Ivy Hill and Valisburg. The ward features several parks and public recreation facilities that make each neighborhood a place where community thrives. The economic corridors of South Orange Avenue, Orange street and more serve as major retail shopping strips in the Ward. Here you will find a diverse set of shopping options and restaurants that hold many Caribbean and West Indian flavors that make these areas an exciting place for tourism and culture.
The Urban League of Essex County
Masjid Ali K. Muslim
Fairmount Neighborhood Association
Georgia King Village (residents)