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 90.00% 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 (13.93%), teaching (11.81%), and office and administrative support (11.65%).
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", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.
Because of many things, Cranford 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, Cranford really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Cranford 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 Cranford, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.85 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.
For the size of the town, public transportation in Cranford is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For Cranford, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Cranford, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Cranford is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 56.28% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.
The per capita income in Cranford in 2018 was $54,845, 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 $219,380 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. Cranford also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.15% of the town’s residents. 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.