Using the censuses and other data for New Jersey / Newark Research (Click the tabs for the type of data you’re looking for).
Statistics: The Newark Library now has access to Social Explorer which can be used for all census statistics.From 1790-1930 it gives data on county and state level, for city level see alternate process below. For 1940 on, data can be pulled by census tract. On map view, click Create Report and choose multiple geographies to add census tracts to get ward-level or city-level data.
Genealogy: Ancestry Library Edition which can be used for searching specific people on the census. Both databases must be used in the library. Familysearch.org also has individual census records for fee.
Other Methods for Census data
Misc. City data
For historical health data see scanned Health Department reports.
For health data from the year 2000 use the NJSHAD
Under the tab Dataset Queries you can use the data to answer questions.
When it asked to select Geographic Area of Residence select Newark as below.
Also make sure to select how to display the data. For example if you want to see causes of death you need to choose that under display.
FIRST: Use Social Explorer which can be used for census statistics and Ancestry Library Edition which can be used for searching specific people on the census. Both databases must be used in the library. Write to email@example.com if you need help.
Alternate Free Methods through Census.gov
- Go to Newark page Click here
- Click TABLES on the top menu
- 3. Click FILTER. A search bar will pop up where you can type in your search
5. Press search. Your results will display on the left.
- Type in town name.
- Look for this dark blue box with words “EXPLORE DATA”
- This box will give you basic statistics like population, race, and income.
- Click TABLES on the top menu.
- Click FILTER to filter the table to the topic you are looking for.
- Under FILTER you can also narrow by geographies. Use the 2010 census tract reference map and the 2012 ward map to find census tract numbers use zip codes.
Historical Statistics for Newark:
Getting Data Through IMPUMS:
So for example the codes for cities can be found here and Newark’s code is 4360. So the following search would display unemployment by ward in Newark in 1900:
For other information / other towns:
- Start at https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial-census/decade.html
- Click the year you wish to obtain information from
- Navigate to the report you want.
- Population contains statistics like ethnicity, race, age, etc. You are looking for Characteristics of the Population by state.
- Housing contains housing information.
- Click New Jersey or the report that contains NJ. In this report there will be a section that lists statistics by city, including Newark.
Population characteristics by year for New Jersey:
- 1990: Section 1, Section 2, Section 3
- 1980: Section 1, Section 2, Section 3, Section 4, Section 5, Section 6, Section 7, Section 8, Section 9, Section 10, Section 11
- 1970: Click here
- 1960: Click here
- 1950: Characteristics | Special Reports
- 1910: Click here
- 1900: Part 1 | Part 2
The NJ Room can help with this process at the library and has census reports. Remember, historical statistics for Newark for place of birth, race, Hispanic origin, and nativity have been scanned here.
City of Newark Data Portal: http://data.ci.newark.nj.us/
Tax data: https://taxes.ci.newark.nj.us/
Also, various departments often upload data to the department pages e.g.:
The NJ Room has earlier annual reports and other city documents at the library.
Newark Police Department: Statistics Menu
- If looking only for Newark data choose “Single Agency Reported Crime”, and then choose “Cities from 250,000 to 499,999” and then choose “NJ – Newark Police Department”