Hoboken, NJ
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Living in Hoboken


Hoboken is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 52,677 people and 14 constituent neighborhoods, Hoboken is the 27th largest community in New Jersey. Hoboken has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

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 96.85% 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 (19.90%), business and financial occupations (19.49%), and sales jobs (13.62%).

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 thing noticeable about Hoboken, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Hoboken is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Hoboken a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

One downside of living in Hoboken, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 40.36 minutes every day commuting to work. It is, however, a pedestrian-friendly city. 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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Hoboken use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Hoboken‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the subway. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

If knowledge is power, Hoboken is a pretty powerful place. 78.72% of the adults in Hoboken have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Hoboken in 2018 was $86,413, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $345,652 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 15.77% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Hoboken include Italian, Irish, German, Polish, and English.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Hoboken's cultural character, accounting for 16.52% of the city’s population.

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