Matawan, NJ
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Living in Matawan


Matawan is a somewhat small borough located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 8,640 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Matawan is the 226th largest community in New Jersey.

Housing costs in Matawan 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.

Matawan is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Matawan is a borough of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Matawan who work in management occupations (13.82%), office and administrative support (11.44%), and teaching (11.23%).

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

In addition, Matawan is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

Because of many things, Matawan is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Matawan 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, Matawan has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Matawan’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

One downside of living in Matawan, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 34.14 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Even though Matawan 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.

The citizens of Matawan are among the most well-educated in the nation: 45.15% of adults in Matawan have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Matawan in 2018 was $45,546, which is middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $182,184 for a family of four.

Matawan is a very ethnically-diverse borough. The people who call Matawan home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Matawan residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Matawan also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.72% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Matawan include Irish, Italian, German, Polish, and English.

Matawan also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 15.88%.

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