Metuchen is a somewhat small borough located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 13,871 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 91.40% 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 (16.60%), teaching (10.81%), and office and administrative support (10.79%).
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 great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Metuchen 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, Metuchen has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Metuchen’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
In Metuchen, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.91 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.
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. 59.94% 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 $53,513, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $214,052 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.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Metuchen's cultural character, accounting for 21.18% of the borough’s population.
The most common language spoken in Metuchen is English. Other important languages spoken here include Langs. of India and Spanish.