New Brunswick, NJ
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Living in New Brunswick


New Brunswick is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 56,100 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, New Brunswick is the 19th largest community in New Jersey.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, New Brunswick is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, New Brunswick is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in New Brunswick who work in office and administrative support (10.90%), maintenance occupations (8.34%), and food service (8.29%).

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

Because New Brunswick has a very large number of students who are 18 years or older and in college, it is thought of as a college town. This has a major influence on local New Brunswick lifestyle, entertainment, and culture in general. Life in New Brunswick is very much tied to the academic calendar: when students return from the summer break in the fall, one will notice them out and about, buying groceries, out with friends, and generally getting re-acquainted with each other. In New Brunswick people study hard and play hard, and there is ample opportunity to do both.

Many people in New Brunswick take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use taxis to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among New Brunswick citizens for affordable transportation.

In terms of college education, New Brunswick is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 20.73% of adults 25 and older in New Brunswick have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in New Brunswick in 2010 was $14,891, which is low income relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $59,564 for a family of four. However, New Brunswick contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. New Brunswick also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 35.50% of its population below the federal poverty line.

New Brunswick is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call New Brunswick home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in New Brunswick, accounting for 52.99% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of New Brunswick residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in New Brunswick include Irish, Italian, German, English, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in New Brunswick is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Langs. of India.