Montclair is a medium-sized town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 38,626 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 93.36% 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 (18.43%), sales jobs (10.82%), and business and financial occupations (10.34%).
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: 10.12% 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". 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 36.99 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. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly town. Many of Montclair’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.
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.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Montclair. 69.84% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.
The per capita income in Montclair in 2018 was $74,618, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $298,472 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 10.39% 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.