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New Brunswick is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 57,035 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 food service (11.04%), office and administrative support (10.85%), and maintenance occupations (7.92%).

In addition, New Brunswick is a major college town that has a very high percentage of its residents over 18 years old who are college students. Naturally, collegiate life has a major influence on local New Brunswick culture, lifestyle and entertainment options. New Brunswick really pulses to the beat of the academic calendar. In New Brunswick every fall, returning students reinvigorate the community, who you will notice are all over town, buying groceries, out with friends, and getting acquainted or re-acquainted with each other and New Brunswick. One of the beneficial effects that colleges provide is that they tend to be lasting institutions that deliver direct economic benefits to the local economy in the form of such things as jobs for faculty and staff, and spending by students. New Brunswick benefits directly from this.

A lot of people in New Brunswick take taxis for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in New Brunswick, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.

The percentage of adults in New Brunswick who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 20.48% of the adults in New Brunswick have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in New Brunswick in 2010 was $14,119, which is low income relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $56,476 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 34.86% of its population below the federal poverty line.

New Brunswick is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call New Brunswick home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of New Brunswick residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. New Brunswick also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 55.60% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in New Brunswick include Irish, German, Polish, and Russian.

In addition, New Brunswick has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (38.57%).

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