North Bergen, NJ
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North Bergen is a larger medium-sized town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 62,993 people and 12 constituent neighborhoods, North Bergen is the 16th largest community in New Jersey.

Housing costs in North Bergen are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in New Jersey.

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, North Bergen is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, North Bergen is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in North Bergen who work in office and administrative support (13.87%), sales jobs (11.01%), and management occupations (6.60%).

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

One downside of living in North Bergen is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In North Bergen, the average commute to work is 33.40 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 North Bergen’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 town are by private automobile, North Bergen 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 bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the North Bergen area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The overall education level of North Bergen is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 25.24% of adults 25 and older in the town have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in North Bergen in 2010 was $25,436, which is low income relative to New Jersey, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $101,744 for a family of four. However, North Bergen contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

North Bergen is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call North Bergen 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 North Bergen, accounting for 73.35% of the town’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of North Bergen residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in North Bergen include Irish, German, Polish, and Egyptian.

In addition, North Bergen has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (49.03%).

The most common language spoken in North Bergen is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Gujarathi.