Montclair is a medium-sized township located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 39,821 people and 12 constituent neighborhoods, Montclair is the 43rd largest community in New Jersey. Montclair has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic townships.
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.
Of important note, Montclair is also a township 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.
A relatively large number of people in Montclair telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 22.93% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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 people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.
One downside of living in Montclair is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Montclair, the average commute to work is 35.53 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the township, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly township. Many of Montclair’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the township are by private automobile, Montclair is somewhat unusual for a township 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 69.04% 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 2018 was $78,039, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $312,156 for a family of four.
Montclair is an extremely ethnically-diverse township. 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 10.33% of the township’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.