Top Towns for Internet Access in Essex County NJ Households

Top Towns for Internet Access in Essex County NJ Households

For the first time in its history, the U.S. Census Bureau captured statistics on computer and internet usage for households in the United States.

In its annual ACS 5-year 2013-2017 survey, the U.S. Census Bureau details over 190 metrics associated with computer and internet usage by age, income , educational attainment and ethnicity.

In this segment we take a look at two of these metrics for households in Essex County New Jersey.

Click here for graphic highlighting where each town in Essex County ranks.

Top 5 Towns with computers and internet access in households.

North Cardwell ranks number on the county with 98% of households having computing devices and internet access.

Millburn places second with 98%. Followed by number three Essex Fells (97%), number 4 Cardwell (94.2%) and Glen Ridge (96.4) rounding out the top five.

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Top 3 Most Educated Areas in Newark NJ for 2017

Top 3 Most Educated Areas in Newark NJ for 2017

So where are Newark’s most educated residents residing? As we have seen with Amazon’s HQ2 search, skilled and educated workers are becoming a necessity for any city with aspirations of economic growth. Click here if you want to get at the data now.

With 56.7 percent of its residents earning a 4-year degree, Society Hill, a community located in the University Heights neighborhood, ranks number one in the city.  

Coming in second at 37%  is the downtown district referred to as track 80 by the US Census bureau. This area is located between Broad Street to the west, Penn Station to the east, Military Park to the North, and East Kinney Street to the south.   

In third place is the northern downtown district with 34% of its residents possessing a 4-year degree. This area includes residential areas north of Rutgers and NJIT, the Colonnades buildings.  

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Most important US Census metric in Amazon’s HQ2 Newark decision?

Most important US Census metric in Amazon’s HQ2 Newark decision?

Could this have been the most important metric in the Newark NJ Amazon HQ2 decision?

In the 3rd installment of this series, we look at a US Census metric that may have led to Amazon’s decision in selecting Newark NJ for HQ2. This metric may also represent Newark’s greatest opportunity towards flourishing and attracting 1000’s of future high paying jobs for its residents.

The metric is Educational Attainment for the population 25 years and over.  Click here for more detailed data.

As the data shows, less than 15 percent of the population held a bachelor’s degree, or higher, and over 30 percent had a HS diploma only. These numbers have remained constant between 2012 and 2017. The numbers for each ward are consistent with the overall city.

Residents Living and Working In Newark NJ 2011 – 2017

Residents Living and Working In Newark NJ 2011 – 2017

As reported in the first installment of this series, resident incomes in the city of Newark NJ experienced a decrease of approximately 6 percent between 2011 and 2017, with the East Ward of the city (aka the Ironbound section) seeing a 7 percent rise in incomes over the same period.

Given the economic renaissance occurring in downtown Newark, Newark’s proximity to financial services and pharmaceutical hubs, and the continued migration of New Yorkers, at first glance it would appear likely that Newark would see a residual rise in incomes and residents living and working in the Newark over this seven year period.

However the data shows that the number of residents living and working in Newark has remained relatively flat with a slight decrease of 2 percent between 2011 and 2017.

Overall 4 of the 5 wards (districts) of Newark decreased or remained flat in the number of residents working and living in the city. The Central ward, which includes the downtown area, was the exception with an increase of 2 percent over the same period.

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‘Resident living and working in Newark’.

3 Opportunities for Local Government Municipalities to Unlock Their Data

3 Opportunities for Local Government Municipalities to Unlock Their Data

Over  the last decade, a significant number of federal governmentt agencies have taken advantage of data technology and data strategists to reap great benefits. With data being created exponentially each day, state and local government municipalities have a unique opportunity to cultivate and use large amounts of internal and external data to improve public health outcomes for its citizens, and to increase the efficiency and quality of citizen engagement.

For many years I have participated in initiatives with federal and state government data integration and analytics. It is evident that local municipalities would advance their efforts greatly by taking advantage of the large amount of data they collect.

3 opportunities for State and Local Municipalities to Utilize a Data Strategist 

1. Public Health: Transforming unstructured human service data by merging with structured data to create actionable information.

In today’s environment department of health organizations across the country have a significant amount of data stored in structured and unstructured formats. Valuable information that can enable caseworkers, supervisors and service providers to better serve clients, improve quality initiatives and enable improved management decision-making. This can be achieved by obtaining better understanding of risks, needs and service experiences. Understanding what data you have access to, and its location is the first step to creating solutions.

2. Department of Transportation: Translating data generated by transit applications and IOT devices can provide tremendous insights on transportation use within a municipality or community.

Establishing a way to access and organize data is the first step, as access and analysis of travel data can provide a detailed understanding of new developments and trends in transportation mobility, identifying specific public transportation needs, assessing impacts relating to current and future transportation projects, and prioritizing investments in maintaining, enhancing or expanding current transportation service availability.

3. Public Safety: protecting citizens is often a top priority of any local municipality. Using existing technologies and available internal and external data sources, public safety divisions can establish predictive policing of communities and neighborhoods in their jurisdiction.

Your data is a  valuable asset in accomplishing your goals and initiatives. Integrating your data with external social media, statistical, and demographic data to create a 360-degree view of your citizens is within reach.

Gary Mann is Managing Director for JASFEL Analytics, and chief data strategist. He has over 20 years experience helping government and commercial organizations acquire, integrate, clense, and analyze data to drive decisions, and execute strategic and tactical initiatives.  Gary can be reached at or visit Jasfel Analytics at .