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 14,349 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 90.96% 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 (15.90%), office and administrative support (11.70%), and teaching (11.67%).

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", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

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.

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 33.81 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.

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. 59.46% 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 2010 was $56,905, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $227,620 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, Irish, German, Polish, and English.

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