Harrison, NJ
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Harrison is a somewhat small town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 15,474 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Harrison is the 145th largest community in New Jersey.

Housing costs in Harrison 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.

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Harrison is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Harrison is a town of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Harrison who work in office and administrative support (10.59%), maintenance occupations (8.50%), and sales jobs (7.60%).

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

In Harrison, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.96 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.

Even though Harrison is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the subway for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

In terms of college education, Harrison is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 30.78% of adults in Harrison have a college degree.

The per capita income in Harrison in 2010 was $25,222, which is low income relative to New Jersey, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $100,888 for a family of four. However, Harrison contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Harrison is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Harrison home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Harrison residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Harrison also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 46.72% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Harrison include Polish, Irish, Italian, and German.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Harrison's cultural character, accounting for 54.15% of the town’s population.

The most common language spoken in Harrison is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Portuguese.