Cranford, NJ
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Cranford is a medium-sized town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 24,170 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 people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

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 32.19 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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Cranford use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Cranford‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the train. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

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.