Mahwah, NJ
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Mahwah is a medium-sized town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 26,590 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Mahwah is the 70th largest community in New Jersey.

Housing costs in Mahwah 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.

Mahwah is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 91.76% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Mahwah is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Mahwah who work in management occupations (15.36%), office and administrative support (14.66%), and sales jobs (13.51%).

Also of interest is that Mahwah 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: 7.66% 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.

Because there are quite a few people attending college in Mahwah, it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, Mahwah provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.

Mahwah’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the nation, making it a very safe place to live.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Mahwah is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Mahwah area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

If knowledge is power, Mahwah is a pretty powerful place. 54.26% of the adults in Mahwah 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 Mahwah in 2010 was $48,322, 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 $193,288 for a family of four. However, Mahwah contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

Mahwah also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 15.42%.

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