Kearny is a medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 42,137 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Kearny is the 39th largest community in New Jersey. Much of the housing stock in Kearny was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.
Housing costs in Kearny are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in New Jersey.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Kearny is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Kearny is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Kearny who work in office and administrative support (15.58%), sales jobs (8.87%), and management occupations (7.45%).
Kearny is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
One downside of living in Kearny is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Kearny, the average commute to work is 30.61 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly town. Many of Kearny’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 town, public transportation in Kearny is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Kearny, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
The education level of Kearny citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 22.52% of adults in Kearny have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Kearny in 2010 was $26,067, 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 $104,268 for a family of four. However, Kearny contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Kearny is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Kearny home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Kearny, accounting for 44.73% of the town’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Kearny residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Kearny include Irish, Italian, Polish, and Brazilian.
In addition, Kearny has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (39.92%).
The most common language spoken in Kearny is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Portuguese.