Middletown is a medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 29,121 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Middletown is the 58th largest community in New Jersey.
Housing costs in Middletown 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.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Middletown is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Middletown is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Middletown who work in management occupations (12.83%), sales jobs (12.75%), and office and administrative support (10.97%).
Also of interest is that Middletown has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Middletown 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 town’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, Middletown’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.
Middletown is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
In Middletown, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 34.48 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.
For the size of the town, public transportation in Middletown is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Middletown, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
The citizens of Middletown are among the most well-educated in the nation: 45.94% of adults in Middletown have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Middletown in 2018 was $51,847, 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 $207,388 for a family of four.
Middletown is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Middletown home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Middletown residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Middletown include Italian, Irish, German, Polish, and English.
The most common language spoken in Middletown is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.