Cranford, NJ
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Cranford is a medium-sized town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 24,143 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 89.77% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Cranford is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Cranford who work in management occupations (13.84%), office and administrative support (13.30%), and sales jobs (12.07%).

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’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the nation, making it a very safe place to live.

One downside of living in Cranford, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.34 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

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.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Cranford. 51.58% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Cranford in 2010 was $48,942, 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 $195,768 for a family of four.

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 Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Cranford include Italian, German, Polish, and English.

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