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", 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.
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.