Montclair, NJ
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Montclair is a medium-sized town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 38,740 people and 12 constituent neighborhoods, Montclair is the 47th largest community in New Jersey. Montclair has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.

Montclair home prices are not only among the most expensive in New Jersey, but Montclair real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Montclair is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 93.73% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Montclair is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Montclair who work in management occupations (17.76%), business and financial occupations (11.20%), and sales jobs (10.25%).

Of important note, Montclair is also a town of artists. Montclair has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Montclair’s character.

Also of interest is that Montclair has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.52% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

In addition, Montclair 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.

One downside of living in Montclair, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 36.81 minutes every day commuting to work. It is, however, a pedestrian-friendly town. Many of its neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot. In addition, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Montclair 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 train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Montclair area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Montclair, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Montclair is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 70.13% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Montclair in 2010 was $70,205, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $280,820 for a family of four.

Montclair is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Montclair home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Montclair residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Montclair also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.43% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Montclair include Irish, Italian, German, English, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Montclair is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.