Fort Lee, NJ
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Fort Lee profile

Living in Fort Lee

Fort Lee is a medium-sized borough located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 39,871 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Fort Lee is the 44th 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 87.77% 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 (16.37%), business and financial occupations (11.18%), and office and administrative support (10.57%).

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.47% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.

In Fort Lee, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 36.03 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the borough are by private automobile, Fort Lee is somewhat unusual for a borough of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Fort Lee area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

If knowledge is power, Fort Lee is a pretty powerful place. 60.16% 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 2018 was $54,345, 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 $217,380 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 Asian, followed by White. 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 12.06% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Fort Lee include Italian, Russian, German, Polish, and Irish.

Fort Lee also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 49.27%.

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