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.

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 sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Colonia who work in office and administrative support (18.97%), management occupations (10.08%), and sales jobs (9.63%).

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.

One downside of living in Colonia is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Colonia, the average commute to work is 30.19 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

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 very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 34.57% of adults in Colonia have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Colonia in 2010 was $37,042, which is middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $148,168 for a family of four.

Colonia is a very 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 11.79% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Colonia include Irish, Polish, German, and Portuguese.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Colonia's cultural character, accounting for 21.85% of the town’s population.

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