Hillside is a medium-sized town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 21,984 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Hillside is the 91st largest community in New Jersey.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Hillside is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Hillside is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Hillside who work in office and administrative support (15.82%), sales jobs (7.68%), and management occupations (7.30%).
Also of interest is that Hillside has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
In Hillside, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.90 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. In addition, the town is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Hillside is somewhat unusual for a town 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 Hillside area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
In terms of college education, Hillside is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 20.49% of adults 25 and older in Hillside have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Hillside in 2010 was $25,620, 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 $102,480 for a family of four. However, Hillside contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Hillside is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Hillside home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Hillside residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Hillside also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 16.53% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Hillside include Haitian, Brazilian, Italian, and Polish.
Hillside also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 29.51%.
The most common language spoken in Hillside is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.