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. Kearny has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns.
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, Kearny isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Kearny are a mix 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 (16.22%), sales jobs (9.00%), and management occupations (6.84%).
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, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.29 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.
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 population of Kearny overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Kearny, 21.00% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Kearny in 2010 was $26,281, 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 $105,124 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. The greatest number of Kearny residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Kearny also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 44.91% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Kearny include Irish, Italian, Polish, and Brazilian.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Kearny's cultural character, accounting for 41.03% of the town’s population.
The most common language spoken in Kearny is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Portuguese.