Hillside is a medium-sized town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 21,967 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Hillside is the 91st largest community in New Jersey.
Unlike some towns, Hillside isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Hillside are a mix 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 (15.70%), management occupations (8.77%), and sales jobs (8.22%).
One downside of living in Hillside, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.08 minutes every day commuting to work. It is, however, a pedestrian-friendly town. 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.
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.
The percentage of people in Hillside who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 25.75% of adults in Hillside have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Hillside in 2018 was $32,528, 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 $130,112 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 18.35% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Hillside include Portuguese, Haitian, Brazilian, Italian, and Ghanian.
In addition, Hillside has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (29.16%).
The most common language spoken in Hillside is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.