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 construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in Long Branch who work in maintenance occupations (12.70%), sales jobs (10.27%), and office and administrative support (9.75%).
Long Branch is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
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, the bus 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.
The overall education level of Long Branch is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 28.34% 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 $29,478, 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 $117,912 for a family of four. However, Long Branch contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Long Branch is a very 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 29.57% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Long Branch include Irish, Brazilian, German, and Portuguese.
In addition, Long Branch has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (30.14%).
The most common language spoken in Long Branch is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.