Bradley Beach is a very small coastal borough (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 4,270 people and just one neighborhood, Bradley Beach is the 348th largest community in New Jersey. Bradley Beach has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic boroughs.
Real Estate Prices
Bradley Beach home prices are not only among the most expensive in New Jersey, but Bradley Beach real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Occupations and Workforce
Unlike some boroughs where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Bradley Beach is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Bradley Beach is a borough of sales and office workers, professionals and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bradley Beach who work in office and administrative support (14.51%), sales jobs (12.55%) and teaching (11.35%).
Also of interest is that Bradley Beach has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.38% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.
Setting & Lifestyle
Another notable thing is that Bradley Beach is an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the borough’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially quieter place to live.
One of the nice things about Bradley Beach 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.
Despite being a small borough, Bradley Beach has a lot of people using the train to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the train are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.