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 29,204 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, Middletown isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Middletown are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Middletown is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Middletown who work in sales jobs (13.49%), management occupations (12.43%), and office and administrative support (11.50%).
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.
Because of many things, Middletown is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Middletown 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 town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Middletown has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Middletown’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
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.
One downside of living in Middletown is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Middletown, the average commute to work is 33.59 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Middletown is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Middletown area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
Middletown is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 45.14% of adults in Middletown have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.
The per capita income in Middletown in 2010 was $49,616, 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 $198,464 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.