Long Branch is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 30,941 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Long Branch is the 54th largest community in New Jersey.
Housing costs in Long Branch 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.
Long Branch is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Long Branch is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Long Branch who work in maintenance occupations (12.81%), sales jobs (9.90%), and office and administrative support (8.97%).
One of the nice things about Long Branch 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.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Long Branch is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, taxis helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Long Branch area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
In terms of college education, Long Branch is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 28.42% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Long Branch in 2010 was $29,446, which is lower middle income relative to New Jersey, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $117,784 for a family of four. However, Long Branch contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Long Branch is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Long Branch home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Long Branch residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Long Branch also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 30.56% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Long Branch include Irish, Brazilian, German, and English.
In addition, Long Branch has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (29.15%).
The most common language spoken in Long Branch is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.