Hoboken, NJ
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Hoboken is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 53,635 people and 14 constituent neighborhoods, Hoboken is the 27th largest community in New Jersey. Hoboken has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Hoboken home prices are not only among the most expensive in New Jersey, but Hoboken real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Hoboken is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 96.40% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Hoboken is a city of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Hoboken who work in management occupations (19.12%), business and financial occupations (17.24%), and sales jobs (15.60%).

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

Of important note, Hoboken is also a city of artists. Hoboken has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Hoboken’s character.

One downside of living in Hoboken is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Hoboken, the average commute to work is 40.04 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of Hoboken’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Hoboken is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the subway. For Hoboken, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Hoboken, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Hoboken is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 77.49% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Hoboken in 2010 was $72,864, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $291,456 for a family of four. However, Hoboken contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Hoboken is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Hoboken home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Hoboken residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Hoboken also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 15.18% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Hoboken include Irish, German, Polish, and English.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Hoboken's cultural character, accounting for 16.21% of the city’s population.

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