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Hoboken, New Jersey

Hoboken is a city located in Hudson County, New Jersey. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 38,577.

Table of contents
1 Geography
2 Demographics
3 Character
4 Parking
5 Local attractions and institutions
6 Notable Hobokians


Hoboken is located at 40°44'41" North, 74°1'59" West (40.744851, -74.032941)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.1 km² (2.0 mi²). 3.3 km² (1.3 mi²) of it is land and 1.8 km² (0.7 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 35.35% water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 38,577 people, 19,418 households, and 6,835 families residing in the city. The population density is 11,636.5/km² (30,239.2/mi²). There are 19,915 housing units at an average density of 6,007.2/km² (15,610.7/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 80.82% White, 4.26% African American, 0.16% Native American, 4.31% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 7.63% from other races, and 2.78% from two or more races. 20.18% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 19,418 households out of which 11.4% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 23.8% are married couples living together, 9.0% have a female householder with no husband present, and 64.8% are non-families. 41.8% of all households are made up of individuals and 8.0% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 1.92 and the average family size is 2.73.

In the city the population is spread out with 10.5% under the age of 18, 15.3% from 18 to 24, 51.7% from 25 to 44, 13.5% from 45 to 64, and 9.0% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 30 years. For every 100 females there are 103.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 103.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $62,550, and the median income for a family is $67,500. Males have a median income of $54,870 versus $46,826 for females. The per capita income for the city is $43,195. 11.0% of the population and 10.0% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 23.6% are under the age of 18 and 20.7% are 65 or older.


In the 1960s and 1970s Hoboken sank from its earlier incarnation as a lively port town into a severely rundown condition and was often included in lists with other New Jersey towns and cities that had seen much better days, such as Paterson, Elizabeth and Camden. Then, in the early 1980s, it began a surprising rejuvenation that led to its becoming, by the mid-1990s, easily one of the area's most vibrant communities. It is one of the few New Jersey towns in which the automobile has not entirely replaced foot traffic outside of business lunch hours, and its prime placement on the Hudson across from Lower Manhattan, its often elegant old townhouse architecture, and its concentration of fine eating establishments and lively bars amply reward the walker. The high number of college and post-graduate age students, along with an unusual assortment of bi-nationals, older "artsy types" and well-to-do commuters to Manhattan, gives Hoboken a unique energy and a growing reputation as a town for "the beautiful people". The technology sector bust of 2001 hit the town hard, but as of late 2003 its footing remains solid, shown particularly in residential rental and sale prices which continue to rise. Indeed, the rising cost of living in Hoboken has already resulted in a significant exodus of the slightly bohemian ex-middle-class ex-suburbanites who began the turnaround of the 1980s, leaving Hoboken somewhat heavy on chic and light on substance.


The city has had something of a parking crisis in recent years, even with restrictions which prohibit long-term parking (more than four hours) by nonresidents. The cost of using a parking garage is currently about $7 for the first hour. There is no parking tax, unlike New York City.

Local attractions and institutions

Notable Hobokians

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