Glen Ridge is a somewhat small borough located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 7,681 people and just one neighborhood, Glen Ridge is the 258th largest community in New Jersey. Much of the housing stock in Glen Ridge was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic boroughs in the country.
Real Estate Prices
Glen Ridge home prices are not only among the most expensive in New Jersey, but Glen Ridge real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Occupations and Workforce
Glen Ridge is a decidedly white-collar borough, with fully 96.69% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Glen Ridge is a borough of professionals, managers and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Glen Ridge who work in management occupations (24.06%), sales jobs (13.87%) and office and administrative support (11.71%).
Of important note, Glen Ridge is also a borough of artists. Glen Ridge has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Glen Ridge’s character.
Also of interest is that Glen Ridge 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 Glen Ridge telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.27% 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.
Setting & Lifestyle
In addition, Glen Ridge is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". 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.
Because of many things, Glen Ridge is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Glen Ridge really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Glen Ridge perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
One downside of living in Glen Ridge, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 36.19 minutes every day commuting to work. It is, however, a pedestrian-friendly borough. Many of its neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot. In addition, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.
Despite being a small borough, Glen Ridge has a lot of people using the train to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the train are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.