Oakland, NJ
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Oakland is a somewhat small borough located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 13,165 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Oakland is the 153rd largest community in New Jersey.

Housing costs in Oakland 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.

Oakland is a decidedly white-collar borough, with fully 89.05% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Oakland is a borough of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Oakland who work in office and administrative support (14.69%), sales jobs (13.83%), and management occupations (13.23%).

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

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.05% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.

Because of many things, Oakland is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Oakland a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The borough’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Oakland has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Oakland’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

The education level of Oakland ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Oakland, 49.65% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Oakland in 2010 was $44,413, which is upper middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $177,652 for a family of four.

The people who call Oakland home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Oakland residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Oakland include Irish, German, Polish, and English.

The most common language spoken in Oakland is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.