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 23,652 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Carteret is the 85th largest community in New Jersey.
Unlike some boroughs where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Carteret is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Carteret is a borough of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Carteret who work in office and administrative support (12.84%), management occupations (7.94%), and sales jobs (7.11%).
Also of interest is that Carteret has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One of the nice things about Carteret 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.
One downside of living in Carteret is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Carteret, the average commute to work is 30.85 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the borough, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
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 population of Carteret overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Carteret, 24.51% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Carteret in 2010 was $28,457, which is low income relative to New Jersey, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $113,828 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. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Carteret, accounting for 35.42% of the borough’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Carteret residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Carteret include Italian, Irish, Polish, German, and Hungarian.
In addition, Carteret has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (32.02%).
The most common language spoken in Carteret is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Langs. of India.