Belmar is a somewhat small coastal borough (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 5,712 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Belmar is the 298th largest community in New Jersey. Belmar has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic boroughs.
Housing costs in Belmar 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.
Unlike some boroughs where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Belmar is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Belmar is a borough of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Belmar who work in sales jobs (12.92%), management occupations (12.08%), and food service (10.52%).
Also of interest is that Belmar has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Belmar 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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
The education level of Belmar ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Belmar, 46.40% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
The per capita income in Belmar in 2010 was $40,317, which is middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $161,268 for a family of four. However, Belmar contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Belmar is a very ethnically-diverse borough. The people who call Belmar home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Belmar residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Belmar also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 16.66% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Belmar include Italian, German, Polish, and English.
The most common language spoken in Belmar is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.