Belleville, NJ
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Belleville is a medium-sized town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 36,354 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Belleville is the 48th largest community in New Jersey.

Unlike some towns, Belleville isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Belleville are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Belleville is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Belleville who work in office and administrative support (18.84%), sales jobs (9.65%), and management occupations (7.44%).

One downside of living in Belleville is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Belleville, the average commute to work is 30.85 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly town. Many of Belleville’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Belleville 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 bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Belleville area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

In terms of college education, Belleville is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 26.51% of adults 25 and older in the town have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Belleville in 2010 was $28,881, 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 $115,524 for a family of four. However, Belleville contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Belleville is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Belleville home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Belleville, accounting for 44.81% of the town’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Belleville residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Belleville include Irish, German, Polish, and English.

Belleville also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 33.98%.

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