Leonia, NJ
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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 89.90% 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 management occupations (14.45%), sales jobs (13.23%), and office and administrative support (10.39%).

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: 7.52% 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.

In Leonia, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.48 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 borough 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.

Despite being a small borough, Leonia has a lot of people using the bus to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the bus are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Leonia. 59.13% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Leonia in 2010 was $43,576, 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 $174,304 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 Asian, followed by White. Leonia also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 16.14% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Leonia include Irish, German, English, and Polish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Leonia's cultural character, accounting for 48.32% of the borough’s population.

The most common language spoken in Leonia is English. Other important languages spoken here include Korean and Spanish.