Belford, NJ
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Belford 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 1,755 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Belford is the 442nd largest community in New Jersey.

Housing costs in Belford are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in New Jersey.

Belford is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 85.53% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Belford is a town of managers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Belford who work in management occupations (27.51%), office and administrative support (13.95%), and business and financial occupations (7.82%).

Of important note, Belford is also a town of artists. Belford has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Belford’s character.

Belford is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Belford’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

Belford is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

One downside of living in Belford, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 37.94 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Even though Belford is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly a ferryboat for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

The citizens of Belford are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 37.47% of adults in Belford have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Belford in 2010 was $48,743, which is upper middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $194,972 for a family of four. However, Belford contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Belford home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Belford residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Belford include German, Italian, Polish, and English.

The most common language spoken in Belford is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.