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 91.93% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Fort Lee is a borough of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Fort Lee who work in management occupations (14.51%), sales jobs (12.43%), and office and administrative support (11.35%).

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.

The overall crime rate in Fort Lee is one of the lowest in the US. This makes it one of the safer places to live in the country in terms of crime.

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 34.36 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.

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.

If knowledge is power, Fort Lee is a pretty powerful place. 54.15% 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 $42,311, 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 $169,244 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 12.92% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Fort Lee include Russian, Polish, Irish, and German.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Fort Lee's cultural character, accounting for 51.60% of the borough’s population.

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