Metuchen is a medium-sized borough located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 15,049 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Metuchen is the 129th 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 92.71% 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 (19.80%), teaching (13.94%), and office and administrative support (10.20%).
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.
Of important note, Metuchen is also a borough of artists. Metuchen has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Metuchen’s character.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.55% 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.
In addition, Metuchen is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.
Metuchen is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The borough’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Metuchen’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
One downside of living in Metuchen is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Metuchen, the average commute to work is 35.17 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the borough, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
Despite being a small borough, Metuchen has a lot of people using the train to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the train are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.
If knowledge is power, Metuchen is a pretty powerful place. 62.20% 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 $61,819, 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 $247,276 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.
In addition, Metuchen has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (18.04%).
The most common language spoken in Metuchen is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Langs. of India.