Cranford is a medium-sized town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 24,054 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 91.03% 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 (15.35%), teaching (12.19%), and office and administrative support (11.47%).
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.
Cranford 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, Cranford’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
One downside of living in Cranford is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Cranford, the average commute to work is 33.76 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.
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. 57.26% 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 2018 was $58,454, 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 $233,816 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.