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 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, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Carteret who work in office and administrative support (15.12%), sales jobs (9.49%), and management occupations (7.17%).

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.

For the size of the borough, public transportation in Carteret is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Carteret, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

The education level of Carteret citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 22.98% of adults in Carteret have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Carteret in 2010 was $24,089, 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 $96,356 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 29.06% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Carteret include Irish, Polish, German, and Hungarian.

Carteret also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 32.07%.

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