Colonia, NJ
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Living in Colonia


Colonia is a medium-sized town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 18,016 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Colonia is the 109th largest community in New Jersey.

Housing costs in Colonia 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 towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Colonia is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Colonia is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Colonia who work in office and administrative support (15.36%), management occupations (11.72%), and teaching (9.56%).

Also of interest is that Colonia has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Colonia is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Colonia’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One downside of living in Colonia, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.95 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Despite being a small town, Colonia has a lot of people using the train to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the train are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.

The citizens of Colonia are among the most well-educated in the nation: 40.61% of adults in Colonia have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Colonia in 2018 was $44,121, which is middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $176,484 for a family of four.

Colonia is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Colonia home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Colonia residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Colonia also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.05% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Colonia include Italian, Irish, Polish, German, and Portuguese.

Colonia also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 24.81%.

The most common language spoken in Colonia is English. Other important languages spoken here include Langs. of India and Spanish.