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.
Kearny is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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%).
One of the nice things about Kearny is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
In Kearny, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.61 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.
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.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Kearny's cultural character, accounting for 39.92% of the town’s population.
The most common language spoken in Kearny is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Portuguese.