Clifton, NJ
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Clifton is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 86,334 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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Clifton is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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 (15.42%), sales jobs (10.37%), and management occupations (8.61%).

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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Clifton use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Clifton‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

The education level of Clifton citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 29.91% of adults in Clifton have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Clifton in 2010 was $30,884, 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 $123,536 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 35.39% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Clifton include Polish, Irish, German, and Palestinian.

In addition, Clifton has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (34.89%).

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