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Orange, New Jersey

Orange is a town located in Essex County, New Jersey. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 32,868.

The actor Roy Scheider was born here in 1932. The American Civil War general and later New Jersey governor George McClellan died here in 1885.


Orange is located at 40°46'6" North, 74°14'10" West (40.768300, -74.236031)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 5.7 km² (2.2 mi²). 5.7 km² (2.2 mi²) of it is land and none of it is covered by water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 32,868 people, 11,885 households, and 7,642 families residing in the town. The population density is 5,742.3/km² (14,903.7/mi²). There are 12,665 housing units at an average density of 2,212.7/km² (5,742.8/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 13.20% White, 75.10% African American, 0.34% Native American, 1.26% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 5.21% from other races, and 4.79% from two or more races. 12.47% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 11,885 households out of which 33.4% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 30.7% are married couples living together, 26.3% have a female householder with no husband present, and 35.7% are non-families. 30.2% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.5% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.73 and the average family size is 3.38.

In the town the population is spread out with 27.7% under the age of 18, 10.0% from 18 to 24, 32.2% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 10.8% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 32 years. For every 100 females there are 86.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 79.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $35,759, and the median income for a family is $40,852. Males have a median income of $33,442 versus $29,520 for females. The per capita income for the town is $16,861. 18.8% of the population and 15.4% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 24.6% are under the age of 18 and 16.7% are 65 or older.