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.

Califon is a decidedly white-collar borough, with fully 87.27% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Califon is a borough of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Califon who work in management occupations (12.42%), healthcare (11.50%), and teaching (10.43%).

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.

In addition, Califon is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.

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.

One downside of living in Califon, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 33.14 minutes every day commuting to work.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Califon. 60.21% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Califon in 2010 was $48,231, 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 $192,924 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 Spanish and Polish.