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 91.75% 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 (16.17%), office and administrative support (11.26%), and teaching (10.19%).
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 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.
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 is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Metuchen, the average commute to work is 35.06 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. 60.82% 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 2010 was $52,631, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $210,524 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.
Metuchen also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 20.12%.
The most common language spoken in Metuchen is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.