Fort Lee, NJ
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Fort Lee is a medium-sized borough located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 37,907 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Fort Lee is the 49th largest community in New Jersey.

Housing costs in Fort Lee 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.

Fort Lee is a decidedly white-collar borough, with fully 92.57% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Fort Lee is a borough of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Fort Lee who work in management occupations (16.22%), sales jobs (12.70%), and business and financial occupations (10.40%).

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

Of important note, Fort Lee is also a borough of artists. Fort Lee has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Fort Lee’s character.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.54% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.

One downside of living in Fort Lee is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Fort Lee, the average commute to work is 35.90 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.

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

If knowledge is power, Fort Lee is a pretty powerful place. 59.63% of the adults in Fort Lee 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 Fort Lee in 2010 was $46,940, 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 $187,760 for a family of four. However, Fort Lee contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Fort Lee is an extremely ethnically-diverse borough. The people who call Fort Lee home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Fort Lee residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Fort Lee also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 13.10% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Fort Lee include Italian, Russian, German, Polish, and Irish.

The most common language spoken in Fort Lee is English. Other important languages spoken here include Korean and Spanish.