Montclair, NJ
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Montclair is a medium-sized town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 38,202 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 93.48% 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 (14.98%), sales jobs (11.48%), and teaching (10.63%).

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: 7.49% 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.

In addition, Montclair 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.

In Montclair, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 34.87 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. In addition, the town is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

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 68.69% 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 $62,831, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $251,324 for a family of four. However, Montclair contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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.