Salem County, NJ

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2019 Population
62,990
0.546% 1-year decline
US Senator
Bob Menendez
Democratic Party
US Senator
Cory Booker
Democratic Party
2019 Median Age
42.1
0.238% 1-year increase
2019 Poverty Rate
12.4%
4.57% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$66,842
3.94% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$184,600
0.378% 1-year decline
2019 Employed Population
29,326
0.0886% 1-year decline

About

In 2019, Salem County, NJ had a population of 63k people with a median age of 42.1 and a median household income of $66,842. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Salem County, NJ declined from 63,336 to 62,990, a −0.546% decrease and its median household income grew from $64,309 to $66,842, a 3.94% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Salem County, NJ are White (Non-Hispanic) (74.3%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (12.9%), White (Hispanic) (5.79%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.33%), and Other (Hispanic) (1.85%). 0% of the households in Salem County, NJ speak a non-English language at home as their primary language.

98.2% of the residents in Salem County, NJ are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Salem County, NJ are Salem Community College (229 degrees awarded in 2019).

In 2019, the median property value in Salem County, NJ was $184,600, and the homeownership rate was 71.1%. Most people in Salem County, NJ drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 25.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Salem County, NJ was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

Salem County, NJ is home to a population of 63k people, from which 98.2% are citizens. As of 2019, 3.76% of Salem County, NJ residents were born outside of the country (2.37k people).

In 2019, there were 5.77 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (46.8k people) in Salem County, NJ than any other race or ethnicity. There were 8.11k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 3.65k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Salem County, NJ
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    46.8k ± 64
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    8.11k ± 287
  3. White (Hispanic)
    3.65k ± 336
9.01%
Hispanic Population
5.68k people

In 2019, there were 5.77 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (46.8k people) in Salem County, NJ than any other race or ethnicity. There were 8.11k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 3.65k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

9.01% of the people in Salem County, NJ are hispanic (5.68k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Salem County, NJ as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.76%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
2.37k people
4.52%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
2.87k people

As of 2019, 3.76% of Salem County, NJ residents (2.37k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Salem County, NJ was 4.52%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Age by Nativity

42
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.4
45
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 4.5

In 2019, the median age of all people in Salem County, NJ was 42.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 42, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 45. But people in Salem County, NJ are getting getting older. In 2018, the average age of all Salem County, NJ residents was 42.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. India
    256,930 ± 12,263 people
  2. Dominican Republic
    177,723 ± 10,246 people
  3. Mexico
    114,735 ± 8,262 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of New Jersey was India, the natal country of 256,930 New Jersey residents, followed by Dominican Republic with 177,723 and Mexico with 114,735.

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Citizenship

98.2%
2019 Citizenship
97.4%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 98.2% of Salem County, NJ residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Salem County, NJ was 97.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,434 ± 166
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    528 ± 127
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    475 ± 117

Salem County, NJ has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.72 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Y-Axis

This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in New Jersey, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in New Jersey (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in New Jersey. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in New Jersey.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of New Jersey across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

Median household income in Salem County, NJ is $66,842. In 2019, the tract with the highest median household income in Salem County, NJ was Census Tract 207 with a value of $102,703, followed by Census Tract 222.01 and Census Tract 212.01, with respective values of $95,000 and $89,250.

Males in New Jersey have an average income that is 1.38 times higher than the average income of females, which is $65,705. The income inequality in New Jersey (measured using the Gini index) is 0.493, which is higher than than the national average.

The economy of Salem County, NJ employs 29.3k people. The largest industries in Salem County, NJ are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,404 people), Manufacturing (3,352 people), and Educational Services (3,030 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($95,428), Public Administration ($64,947), and Finance & Insurance ($63,601).

Wages

Median Household Income

$66,842
2019 value
± $2,833
3.94%
1 Year Growth
± 5.88%

Households in Salem County, NJ have a median annual income of $66,842, which is more than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $64,309 in 2018, which represents a 3.94% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$90,674
Average Male Salary in New Jersey
± $1,740
$65,705
Average Female Salary in New Jersey
± $1,243

In 2019, full-time male employees in New Jersey made 1.38 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in New Jersey by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in New Jersey
  1. Asian
    $87,067 ± $3,382
  2. White
    $72,672 ± $1,251
  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    $57,744 ± $41,155

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of New Jersey workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.2 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in New Jersey.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Salem County, NJ is from New Jersey.
0.493
2019 Wage GINI in New Jersey
0.492
2018 Wage GINI in New Jersey

In 2019, the income inequality in New Jersey was 0.493 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0623% growth from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for New Jersey was higher than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in New Jersey in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in New Jersey across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 207
  2. Census Tract 222.01
  3. Census Tract 212.01

In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Salem County, NJ was Census Tract 207 with a value of $102,703, followed by Census Tract 222.01 and Census Tract 212.01, with respective values of $95,000 and $89,250.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Salem County, NJ colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

12.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Salem County, NJ (7.65k out of 61.6k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Males 6 - 11.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. White
    4,291 ± 404
  2. Black
    2,083 ± 296
  3. Hispanic
    1,554 ± 253

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Salem County, NJ is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

29.3k
2019 Value
± 959
−0.0886%
1 Year decline
± 4.69%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Salem County, NJ declined at a rate of −0.0886%, from 29.4k employees to 29.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Salem County, NJ, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,971 people), Production Occupations (2,481 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,331 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Salem County, NJ.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Salem County, NJ, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,971 people), Production Occupations (2,481 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,331 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Salem County, NJ has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.76 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (1.49 times), and Health Technologists & Technicians (1.47 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Salem County, NJ, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($95,781), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($82,031), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($78,571).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

29.3k
2019 Value
± 959
−0.0886%
1 Year decline
± 4.69%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Salem County, NJ declined at a rate of −0.0886%, from 29.4k employees to 29.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Salem County, NJ, are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,404 people), Manufacturing (3,352 people), and Educational Services (3,030 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Salem County, NJ, though some of these residents may live in Salem County, NJ and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Salem County, NJ, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,404 people), Manufacturing (3,352 people), and Educational Services (3,030 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Salem County, NJ has an unusually high number of Utilities (5.29 times higher than expected), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.62 times), and Wholesale Trade (1.52 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Salem County, NJ, by median earnings, are Utilities ($95,428), Public Administration ($64,947), and Finance & Insurance ($63,601).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from New Jersey to other states, or from other states to New Jersey.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $57.4B
  2. $52.6B
  3. $51.9B

In 2018, the top outbound New Jersey product (by dollars) was Motorized vehicles with $57.4B, followed by Electronics ($52.6B) and Pharmaceuticals ($51.9B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound New Jersey products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$660B
2018 Value in New Jersey
$1.36T
Projected 2045 Value in New Jersey
105% growth

In 2018, total outbound New Jersey trade was $660B. This is expected to increase 105% to $1.36T by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound New Jersey trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from New Jersey to other states, or from other states to New Jersey.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $115B
  2. $64.9B
  3. $23.7B

In 2018, the top outbound New Jersey domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New York with $115B, followed by Pennsylvania with $64.9B and California and $23.7B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that New Jersey shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Salem County, NJ went to Donald J. Trump with 55.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (40.4%), followed by Other (4.1%). The most partisan county was Essex County, NJ with 77.5% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton running for the Democratic Party.

Bob Menendez and Cory Booker are the senators currently representing the state of New Jersey. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

New Jersey is currently represented by 12 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Showing data up to the 2016 election. Updated election results are currently being processed, and will be released in the coming months.
Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Salem County, NJ
55.5% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in New Jersey
  1. 77.5% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)
  2. 74.7% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)
  3. 66.9% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in New Jersey was Essex County, NJ with 77.5% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton running for the Democratic Party.

The following map shows the counties in New Jersey colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from New Jersey

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Bob Menendez
Senator from New Jersey1
Assumed office on January 17, 2006
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Jon Corzine, who had become Governor of New Jersey.
Cory Booker
Senator from New Jersey2
Assumed office on October 31, 2013
Elected to the seat to succeed Jeffrey Chiesa, who had been appointed to the seat following the death of Frank Lautenberg.

Bob Menendez and Cory Booker are the senators currently representing New Jersey.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in New Jersey over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from New Jersey

New Jersey is currently represented by 12 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for New Jersey have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2019, universities in Salem County, NJ awarded 229 degrees. The student population of Salem County, NJ is skewed towards women, with 330 male students and 666 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Salem County, NJ are White (144 and 64.9%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (25 and 11.3%), Unknown (22 and 9.91%), and Black or African American (21 and 9.46%).

The largest universities in Salem County, NJ by number of degrees awarded are Salem Community College (229 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Salem County, NJ are Other Precision Production (39 and 17%), Registered Nursing (30 and 13.1%), and Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training (29 and 12.7%).

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 39 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 30 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 20 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Salem County, NJ was Other Precision Production with 39 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Salem County, NJ according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
229 degrees awarded

In 2019, the Salem County, NJ institution with the largest number of graduating students was Salem Community College with 229 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

86
Degrees Awarded to Men
143
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 86 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Salem County, NJ, which is 0.601 times less than the 143 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Salem County, NJ by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    144 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    25 degrees awarded
  3. Unknown
    22 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Salem County, NJ was White students. These 144 degrees mean that there were 5.76 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 25 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Salem County, NJ was $184,600 in 2019, which is 0.768 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $185,300 to $184,600, a 0.378% decrease. The homeownership rate in Salem County, NJ is 71.1%, which is higher than the national average of 64.1%. People in Salem County, NJ have an average commute time of 25.5 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Salem County, NJ is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$184,600
2019 Median
± $4,878
$185,300
2018 Median
± $5,261

In 2019, the median property value in Salem County, NJ declined from to $184,600 from the previous year's value of $185,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Salem County, NJ compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Salem County, NJ the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$66,842
Median Household Income
± $2,833
23.9k
Number of Households
± 819

In 2019, the median household income of the 23.9k households in Salem County, NJ grew to $66,842 from the previous year's value of $64,309.

The following chart displays the households in Salem County, NJ distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Salem County, NJ distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Salem County, NJ the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

71.1%
2019 Homeownership
70.5%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 71.1% of the housing units in Salem County, NJ were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 70.5%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Salem County, NJ compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

25.5 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Salem County, NJ have a shorter commute time (25.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 2.02% of the workforce in Salem County, NJ have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (84.6%)
  2. Carpooled (8.08%)
  3. Worked At Home (3.23%)

In 2019, 84.6% of workers in Salem County, NJ drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.08%) and those who worked at home (3.23%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Salem County, NJ distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Salem County, NJ have 2 cars, followed by false.

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Health

94.7% of the population of Salem County, NJ has health coverage, with 50.5% on employee plans, 16.1% on Medicaid, 14.5% on Medicare, 13% on non-group plans, and 0.607% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in New Jersey was $8,859 in 2014. This is a 4.91% increase from the previous year ($8,444).

Primary care physicians in Salem County, NJ see 2722 patients per year on average, which represents a 8.96% decrease from the previous year (2990 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3119 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 855 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Salem County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (15.6%). Additionally, Salem County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,722 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Salem County, NJ

Primary care physicians in Salem County, NJ see an average of 2,722 patients per year. This represents a 8.96% decrease from the previous year (2,990 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Salem County, NJ in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$8,859
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in New Jersey
$5,081
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$8,049
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$12,614
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in New Jersey (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.91%, from $8,444 to $8,859.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

5.31%
Uninsured
50.5%
Employer Coverage
16.1%
Medicaid
14.5%
Medicare
13%
Non-Group
0.607%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Salem County, NJ declined by 16.6% from 6.37% to 5.31%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Salem County, NJ changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 15.6% prevalence
  2. 13.4% prevalence
  3. 13.2% prevalence

Salem County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in New Jersey, at 15.6%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in New Jersey by county over multiple years.

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