Leonia is a somewhat small borough located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 9,219 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Leonia is the 223rd largest community in New Jersey.
Housing costs in Leonia 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.
Leonia is a decidedly white-collar borough, with fully 89.16% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Leonia is a borough of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Leonia who work in sales jobs (12.50%), management occupations (12.07%), and office and administrative support (11.11%).
Of important note, Leonia is also a borough of artists. Leonia has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Leonia’s character.
Also of interest is that Leonia has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.86% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Leonia is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The borough’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Leonia’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.
One downside of living in Leonia is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Leonia, the average commute to work is 33.10 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the borough, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly borough. Many of Leonia’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.
Even though Leonia is a smaller borough, 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.
If knowledge is power, Leonia is a pretty powerful place. 59.66% of the adults in Leonia have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Leonia in 2010 was $41,325, which is upper middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $165,300 for a family of four. However, Leonia contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Leonia is an extremely ethnically-diverse borough. The people who call Leonia home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Leonia residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Leonia also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 15.52% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Leonia include Irish, German, English, and Russian.
Leonia also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 46.93%.
The most common language spoken in Leonia is English. Other important languages spoken here include Korean and Spanish.