Basking Ridge is a medium-sized town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 27,026 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Basking Ridge is the 68th largest community in New Jersey.
Basking Ridge home prices are not only among the most expensive in New Jersey, but Basking Ridge real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Basking Ridge is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 95.30% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Basking Ridge is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Basking Ridge who work in management occupations (21.96%), sales jobs (13.21%), and business and financial occupations (11.78%).
Also of interest is that Basking Ridge has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.98% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
In addition, Basking Ridge is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.
Because of many things, Basking Ridge is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Basking Ridge really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Basking Ridge perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
In Basking Ridge, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.82 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Basking Ridge is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Basking Ridge area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
If knowledge is power, Basking Ridge is a pretty powerful place. 74.44% of the adults in Basking Ridge have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Basking Ridge in 2010 was $69,898, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $279,592 for a family of four.
Basking Ridge is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Basking Ridge home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Basking Ridge residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Basking Ridge include Italian, German, English, and Polish.
In addition, Basking Ridge has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (19.10%).
The most common language spoken in Basking Ridge is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Langs. of India.