Orange, NJ
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Orange is a medium-sized town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 27,452 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Orange is the 57th largest community in New Jersey.

Unlike some towns, Orange isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Orange are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Orange is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Orange who work in office and administrative support (14.07%), sales jobs (8.68%), and healthcare suport services (8.41%).

In Orange, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.73 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit. In addition, the town is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

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

In terms of college education, Orange is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 18.43% of adults 25 and older in Orange have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Orange in 2010 was $18,735, which is low income relative to New Jersey, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $74,940 for a family of four. However, Orange contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Orange is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Orange home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Orange residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Orange also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 21.41% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Orange include Jamaican, African, Trinidadian and Tobagonian, and Guyanese.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Orange's cultural character, accounting for 35.83% of the town’s population.

The most common language spoken in Orange is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French Creole.