Moving to Trenton, NJ

Thinking about moving to Trenton?

You’ll be in good company. Between 2010 and 2016, more than -857 people have moved to Trenton, an increase of -1.0%. New residents are attracted to Trenton’s love of history, overall friendliness and walkability.


Trenton is home to 84,056 Trentonians. With an area of 7.648 square miles, Trenton has a population density of 10,991 persons per square mile, which makes it more dense than many other cities of comparable size.

The Trenton, NJ Metropolitan Statistical Area boasts a population of 371,023 people, of which Trenton proper’s population makes up 23%.


Affordable housing is one of best things Trenton has going for it. The median home value in Trenton is $83,300, -58% below the US median value, according to Zillow. The median price per square foot in Trenton is $64. Over the past 5 years, home values in Trenton have increased by 1%.

Renters in Trenton will also have an easy time finding affordable housing. The median rent in Trenton is $1,271 per month, which is 11% lower than the US median. Over the past year, rental rates in Trenton have decreased by 4.9%.


The Trenton area economy is growing strong. The Trenton metro area’s GDP grew by 20% between 2011 and 2016, from $26.0 billion in 2011 to $31.2 billion in 2016, a total increase of $5.2 billion. The metro area has a per capita GDP of $84,100. According to the US Census Bureau, the median household income in Trenton is $72,804, 23% higher than the national median. Trenton’s unemployment rate is 3.8%.


During the hottest period of the year, May through September, Trenton has an average daily high temperature of 77°F.  During the coldest period of the year, December through March, Trenton has an average daily high temperature of 49°F.

Trenton is wettest from the end of March through the end of August, where any given day has a 29% chance of precipitation. The chance of a wet day peaks at 37%  towards the end of July. Trenton is driest from the end of August through the end of March. The smallest chance of precipitation is 21% towards the end of January.

The snowy period of the year spans from the end of November through the beginning of April. Snow falls the most towards the end of January,  with an average of 0.6 inches.


Trenton has an annual violent crime rate of 13.46 violent crimes per 1,000 residents, which is higher than the national median of 3.8 in 1,000. Its property crime rate is 27.24 crimes per 1,000 residents a year, which is higher than the national average of 26.

Traffic & Transportation

Ask anyone who lives in Trenton what the city’s biggest problems are and traffic will almost certainly be one of them. According to a survey conducted by INRIX, the average commuter in Trenton spends 89.4 hours in traffic each year, with about 13% of their time commuting in a traffic jam, a higher portion than average among US cities.

Walk Score gives Trenton a 72 walk score.

Cost of Living

Trenton is an expensive place to live with a high cost of living. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis‘s Regional Price Parity survey, which takes into account cost of living metrics including the price of goods and services and housing, Trenton has a regional price parity of 122.1, 11.5% above the average for US metro areas.


In terms of racial demographics, Trenton is 13.3% Non-Hispanic White, 36.9% Hispanic, 48.2% Black, and 1.5% Asian.

73.9% of those over the age of 25 in Trenton have a high school diploma, a lower rate than nationally. 14.8% of those over the age of 25 have a bachelor’s degree, which is lower than the national rate. 4.5% of residents have an advanced or professional degree.

In the 2016 presidential election, 29% of Trenton voters voted for the Republican nominee, while 67% voted for the Democratic nominee.

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