Cranford is a medium-sized town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 24,439 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Cranford is the 86th largest community in New Jersey.
Housing costs in Cranford 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.
Cranford is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 90.13% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Cranford is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Cranford who work in management occupations (14.60%), office and administrative support (12.96%), and teaching (11.13%).
Also of interest is that Cranford has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
In addition, Cranford is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.
Because of many things, Cranford is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Cranford a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Cranford has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Cranford’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
In Cranford, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.19 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.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Cranford is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Cranford area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
If knowledge is power, Cranford is a pretty powerful place. 52.85% of the adults in Cranford have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Cranford in 2010 was $51,157, which is upper middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $204,628 for a family of four.
Cranford is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Cranford home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Cranford residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Cranford include Irish, Italian, German, Polish, and English.
The most common language spoken in Cranford is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.