Kearny, NJ
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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 a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, 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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

One downside of living in Kearny, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.61 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Kearny is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Kearny area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The citizens of Kearny are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 22.52% of adults in Kearny having a bachelor's degree or advanced 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.