Colonia, NJ
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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.

Colonia is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Colonia is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Colonia who work in office and administrative support (20.68%), management occupations (10.35%), and sales jobs (9.92%).

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.

Because of many things, Colonia is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Colonia really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Colonia perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

In Colonia, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.74 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

In Colonia, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though Colonia is a relatively small town. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

In terms of college education, Colonia 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: 33.54% of adults in Colonia have a college degree.

The per capita income in Colonia in 2010 was $36,070, which is middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $144,280 for a family of four.

Colonia is a somewhat 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 11.68% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Colonia include Polish, Irish, German, and Portuguese.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Colonia's cultural character, accounting for 21.04% of the town’s population.

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