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Newark 24 by 2025
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Reaching the NCLC “25% by 2025” Goal: Number of College Degree-Holders

The ultimate goal of NCLC, ensuring that at least 25 percent of Newark residents hold associate’s degrees or other high-quality credentials by 2025, requires the number of college degree-holders living in Newark to grow every year. The chart below, based on calculations by staff at the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies, shows there would need to be approximately 51,148 Newark residents age 25 or older holding associate’s degrees or higher in 2025 in order to meet this goal.

Chart 1: Number of Newark College Degree-Holders Associated with NCLC 25% by 2025 Goal
Growth of Newark Population Chart

Calculations were completed using data from 2010 U.S. Decennial Census, 2008–2012 5-year A.C.S, and NJTPA Municipal Population Forecasts

Current State of Educational Attainment in Newark

Over the 2008–2012 period, only an estimated 17 percent of Newark’s population 25 years of age or older held an associate’s degree or higher. Roughly twice as many Newark residents 25 and older listed high school as their highest level of education attained. The table below shows the percentage of Newark’s population at each level of education.

Table 1: Educational Attainment of Newark Residents (2008–2012)

Level of Education Attained Percentage of Population 25+ Margin of Error +/-
Less than ninth grade 15.0% 0.7%
Diploma 14.9% 0.8%
High school graduate
(includes equivalency)
35.1% 0.8%
Some college, no degree 18.1% 0.6%
Associate's degree 4.5% 0.4%
Bachelor's degree 8.9% 0.6%
Graduate or professional degree 3.6% 0.4%
Associate's degree or Higher 17.0% 0.8%

Data obtained from U.S. Census Bureau 2008–2012 5-year A.C.S

Newark currently lags behind the nation and peer cities in terms of the educational attainment of its residents. The chart below shows how the educational attainment of Newark’s over twenty-five population compares to cities of similar demographic and socioeconomic composition, as well as how it compares to the nation as a whole.

Chart 2: Comparison of Educational Attainment in Newark and Peer Cities (2008–2012)
Percentage of Population 25+ with Associate's Degree

Data obtained from U.S. Census Bureau 2008–2012 5-year A.C.S 

Socioeconomic Disparities Exist for Less-Educated Newark Residents

As seen in the tables below, income rises dramatically and poverty rates diminish for Newark residents with a higher education degree.

Table 2: Poverty Rate of Newark Residents by Education Attained (2008–2012)

Level of Education Attained Percentage of Population Below Poverty Line Margin of Error +/-
Population 25 years and over 22.90% 0.90%
Less than high school graduate 30.30% 1.70%
High school graduate
(includes equivalency)
23.90% 1.40%
Some college or associate's degree 18.10% 1.20%
Bachelor's degree or higher 12.20% 1.70%

Data obtained from U.S. Census Bureau 2008-2012 5-year A.C.S

Table 3: Median per Capita Income of Newark Residents by Education Attained (2008–2012)

Level of Education Attained Median Per Capita Income Margin of Error +/-
Population 25 years and over $29,007 +/-771
Less than high school graduate $21,687 +/-817
High school graduate
(includes equivalency)
$26,941 +/-732
Some college or associate's degree $31,685 +/-660
Bachelor's degree $40,750 +/-2,401
Graduate or professional degree $50,150 +/-5,205

Data obtained from U.S. Census Bureau 2008-2012 5-year A.C.S

Newark residents employed in jobs in the city earn much less than workers employed in Newark who live elsewhere. Just over one-third of Newark residents employed in local jobs earn at least $3,333 per month (approximately $40,000 per year), while over 60 percent of outside workers employed in local jobs earn that amount.

Chart 3: Income Earned in Newark Jobs by Residence of Worker (2011)
Income Earned in  Newark Jobs

Data obtained from U.S. Census Bureau LEHD Origin-Destination Employment Statistics, 2011