Clifton is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 85,273 people and 16 constituent neighborhoods, Clifton is the eighth largest community in New Jersey.
Housing costs in Clifton 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 cities, Clifton isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Clifton are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Clifton is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Clifton who work in office and administrative support (13.05%), sales jobs (10.94%), and management occupations (7.58%).
Also of interest is that Clifton has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One thing that you will notice about Clifton is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider Clifton a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Clifton is somewhat unusual for a city 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 Clifton area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
The overall education level of Clifton citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 32.98% of adults in Clifton have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.
The per capita income in Clifton in 2010 was $33,355, which is lower middle income relative to New Jersey, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $133,420 for a family of four. However, Clifton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Clifton is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Clifton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Clifton residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Clifton also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 37.75% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Clifton include Italian, Polish, Irish, German, and English.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Clifton's cultural character, accounting for 35.02% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Clifton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Arabic.