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Essex County is the second largest county in New Jersey by population. Industries providing employment are: Educational, health and social services (21.5%), Manufacturing (16.0%), Retail trade (11.3%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (11.2%).

There are 22 municipalities within the borders Essex County. The county is experiencing a shift in economics, moving from a manufacturing economy to a service economy. This county is home to Newark International Airport as well as the New Jersey performing Arts Center.

The total civilian labor force in the year 2000 was 370,810. Personal income in Essex County per capita is $24, 943 and the median household income is $44,944 with a median family income of $54, 818.

The city of Newark in Essex County is considered the Gateway to New Jersey - the financial, commercial, transportation, and cultural nucleus of the Garden State, and is the home of Weequahic Golf Course and the Cherry Blossom Festival at Branch Brook Park. Newark offers a rich variety of quality entertainment, dining, culture and sports. With the development of the Train-to-Plane Newark now boasts one of the most streamlined transportation systems in the world. The city boasts 300 types of businesses; 1,800 retail and 540 wholesale establishments, eight banks, including the largest 3 in New Jersey and 12 savings & loan associations. Deposits in Newark-based banks are $21 billion. The third largest insurance center in U.S., after New York and Hartford, Prudential Insurance and Mutual Benefit Companies originated in Newark. Both are headquartered in Newark. Prudential is the largest insurance company in the world.


 

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