Leonardo is a very small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 2,736 people and just one neighborhood, Leonardo is the 397th largest community in New Jersey. Much of the housing stock in Leonardo was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.
Real Estate Prices
Housing costs in Leonardo 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.
Occupations and Workforce
Leonardo is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Leonardo is a town of sales and office workers, professionals and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in Leonardo who work in office and administrative support (19.75%), management occupations (9.74%) and sales jobs (8.95%).
Of important note, Leonardo is also a town of artists. Leonardo has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Leonardo’s character.
Also of interest is that Leonardo has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Setting & Lifestyle
Because of many things, Leonardo is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Leonardo really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Leonardo perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
One of the nice things about Leonardo 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.
One downside of living in Leonardo, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.45 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.
Even though Leonardo is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the bus for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.