Montclair, NJ
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Montclair is a medium-sized town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 38,765 people and 12 constituent neighborhoods, Montclair is the 47th largest community in New Jersey. Much of the housing stock in Montclair was built prior to World War II, 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 93.74% 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 (16.63%), teaching (11.13%), and sales jobs (10.78%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.55% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.

One downside of living in Montclair, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 35.80 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.

For the size of the town, public transportation in Montclair is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For Montclair, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

If knowledge is power, Montclair is a pretty powerful place. 69.25% of the adults in Montclair 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 Montclair in 2010 was $65,688, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $262,752 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. Important ancestries of people in Montclair include Italian, German, English, and Polish.

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