Califon, NJ
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Califon is a very small borough located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 1,080 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Califon is the 469th largest community in New Jersey. Califon has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic boroughs.

Housing costs in Califon 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, Califon is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Califon is a borough of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Califon who work in teaching (12.18%), management occupations (11.26%), and sales jobs (10.20%).

Also of interest is that Califon 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: 9.27% 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.

In addition, Califon is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

Because of many things, Califon is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Califon a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The borough’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Califon has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Califon’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

In Califon, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.11 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.

If knowledge is power, Califon is a pretty powerful place. 56.09% of the adults in Califon 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 Califon in 2010 was $44,142, 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 $176,568 for a family of four.

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

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