Carteret, NJ
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Carteret is a medium-sized coastal borough (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 24,170 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Carteret is the 85th largest community in New Jersey.

Unlike some boroughs, Carteret isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Carteret are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Carteret is a borough of sales and office workers, service providers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Carteret who work in office and administrative support (14.67%), sales jobs (8.57%), and management occupations (6.59%).

Carteret 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the borough are by private automobile, Carteret is somewhat unusual for a borough 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 Carteret area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The citizens of Carteret are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 22.84% of adults in Carteret having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Carteret in 2010 was $23,782, which is low income relative to New Jersey, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $95,128 for a family of four. However, Carteret contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Carteret is an extremely ethnically-diverse borough. The people who call Carteret home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Carteret residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Carteret also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 30.93% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Carteret include Irish, Polish, German, and Slovak.

Carteret also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 31.92%.

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