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 36,672 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 92.65% 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 (16.18%), sales jobs (12.62%), and office and administrative support (9.81%).

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.

Overall, Fort Lee’s crime rate is one of the lowest in the nation, which makes a great place to live if safety is an important concern.

In Fort Lee, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 34.15 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.

For the size of the borough, public transportation in Fort Lee is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Fort Lee, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Fort Lee. 56.47% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Fort Lee in 2010 was $44,888, 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 $179,552 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 13.30% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Fort Lee include Russian, Polish, Irish, and Greek.

In addition, Fort Lee has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (53.00%).

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