Metuchen, NJ
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Living in Metuchen


Metuchen is a somewhat small borough located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 15,049 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 92.30% 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 (17.80%), teaching (12.26%), and office and administrative support (9.72%).

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.

In Metuchen, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 34.28 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

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.

If knowledge is power, Metuchen is a pretty powerful place. 62.46% of the adults in Metuchen 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 Metuchen in 2018 was $62,378, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $249,512 for a family of four.

Metuchen is an extremely 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, Irish, German, Polish, and English.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Metuchen's cultural character, accounting for 20.56% of the borough’s population.

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