Madison, NJ
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Madison is a medium-sized borough located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 16,126 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Madison is the 124th largest community in New Jersey.

Madison home prices are not only among the most expensive in New Jersey, but Madison real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Madison is a decidedly white-collar borough, with fully 95.18% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Madison is a borough of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Madison who work in management occupations (16.74%), office and administrative support (12.43%), and teaching (11.56%).

Also of interest is that Madison has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Of important note, Madison is also a borough of artists. Madison has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Madison’s character.

Madison is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Madison enrolled in college, Madison has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.

Because of many things, Madison is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Madison a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The borough’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Madison has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Madison’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

Even though Madison is a smaller borough, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the train for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Madison. 65.29% 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 Madison in 2010 was $58,439, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $233,756 for a family of four.

The people who call Madison home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Madison residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Madison include Irish, German, English, and Polish.

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