Irvington, NJ
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Irvington is a larger medium-sized town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 54,580 people and 15 constituent neighborhoods, Irvington is the 23rd largest community in New Jersey.

Irvington is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Irvington is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Irvington who work in office and administrative support (17.89%), healthcare suport services (9.79%), and sales jobs (9.00%).

In Irvington, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.23 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.

Many people in Irvington take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the town, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Irvington citizens for affordable transportation.

The citizens of Irvington are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 13.20% of adults in Irvington have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree

The per capita income in Irvington in 2010 was $19,464, which is low income relative to New Jersey, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $77,856 for a family of four. However, Irvington contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Irvington is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Irvington home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Irvington residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Irvington also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.12% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Irvington include Jamaican, African, Guyanese, and Nigerian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Irvington's cultural character, accounting for 30.46% of the town’s population.

The most common language spoken in Irvington is English. Other important languages spoken here include French Creole and Spanish.