Dunellen, NJ
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Dunellen is a somewhat small borough located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 7,431 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Dunellen is the 265th largest community in New Jersey.

Unlike some boroughs where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Dunellen is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Dunellen is a borough of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Dunellen who work in office and administrative support (20.41%), management occupations (8.15%), and business and financial occupations (7.62%).

Also of interest is that Dunellen has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One downside of living in Dunellen is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Dunellen, the average commute to work is 30.75 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the borough, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

Even though Dunellen is a smaller borough, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly taxis for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

The percentage of people in Dunellen who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 28.36% of adults in Dunellen have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Dunellen in 2010 was $32,514, which is lower middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $130,056 for a family of four. However, Dunellen contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Dunellen is an extremely ethnically-diverse borough. The people who call Dunellen home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Dunellen residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Dunellen also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 27.32% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Dunellen include German, Polish, Irish, and English.

Dunellen also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 24.05%.

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