Barnegat is a very small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 3,001 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Barnegat is the 395th largest community in New Jersey. Barnegat has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. This seems to be the case in Barnegat, where the median household income is $73,516.00.
Unlike some towns, Barnegat isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Barnegat are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Barnegat is a town of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Barnegat who work in sales jobs (18.83%), healthcare (9.52%), and personal care services (6.57%).
Of important note, Barnegat is also a town of artists. Barnegat has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Barnegat’s character.
Also of interest is that Barnegat has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One of the nice things about Barnegat is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
One downside of living in Barnegat, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.99 minutes every day commuting to work.
The citizens of Barnegat are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 24.66% of adults in Barnegat having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Barnegat in 2010 was $29,022, which is lower middle income relative to New Jersey, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $116,088 for a family of four. However, Barnegat contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Barnegat home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Barnegat residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Barnegat include Irish, German, Polish, and English.
The most common language spoken in Barnegat is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French Creole.