Metuchen is a somewhat small borough located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 13,886 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Metuchen is the 146th largest community in New Jersey.
Housing costs in Metuchen 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.
Metuchen is a decidedly white-collar borough, with fully 91.54% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Metuchen is a borough of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Metuchen who work in management occupations (17.82%), office and administrative support (11.59%), and teaching (10.36%).
Also of interest is that Metuchen has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
In addition, Metuchen 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, Metuchen is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Metuchen really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Metuchen perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
One downside of living in Metuchen, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 34.46 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.
In Metuchen, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though Metuchen is a relatively small borough. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.
Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Metuchen, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Metuchen is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 60.77% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.
The per capita income in Metuchen in 2010 was $50,687, 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 $202,748 for a family of four.
Metuchen is a very ethnically-diverse borough. The people who call Metuchen home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Metuchen residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Metuchen include Italian, German, Polish, and English.
In addition, Metuchen has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (18.97%).
The most common language spoken in Metuchen is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Hindi.