Clifton, NJ
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Living in Clifton


Clifton is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 85,052 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.

Clifton is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 noticeable about Clifton, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Clifton is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Clifton a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

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.

In terms of college education, Clifton is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 32.98% of adults in Clifton have a college degree.

The per capita income in Clifton in 2018 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.

In addition, Clifton has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (35.02%).

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