Edgewater is a somewhat small borough located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 13,364 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Edgewater is the 178th largest community in New Jersey.
Housing costs in Edgewater 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.
Edgewater is a decidedly white-collar borough, with fully 92.41% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Edgewater is a borough of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Edgewater who work in management occupations (20.03%), business and financial occupations (19.19%), and sales jobs (13.35%).
Of important note, Edgewater is also a borough of artists. Edgewater has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Edgewater’s character.
Also of interest is that Edgewater has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
A relatively large number of people in Edgewater telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.70% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Edgewater, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the borough.
In addition to being popular with young singles, Edgewater is also home to many people who can be described as "urban sophisticates". While both of these categories describe educated professionals, urban sophisticates are quite a different demographic. 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.
In Edgewater, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 39.53 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.
Despite being a small borough, Edgewater has a lot of people using the bus to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the bus are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.
Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Edgewater, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Edgewater is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 68.86% 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 Edgewater in 2018 was $62,427, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $249,708 for a family of four. However, Edgewater contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Edgewater is an extremely ethnically-diverse borough. The people who call Edgewater home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Edgewater residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Edgewater also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 13.84% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Edgewater include Irish, German, Turkish, Russian, and Italian.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Edgewater's cultural character, accounting for 42.79% of the borough’s population.
The most common language spoken in Edgewater is English. Other important languages spoken here include Korean and Spanish.