Park Ridge is a somewhat small borough located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 8,919 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Park Ridge is the 227th largest community in New Jersey.
Housing costs in Park Ridge 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.
Park Ridge is a decidedly white-collar borough, with fully 88.61% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Park Ridge is a borough of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Park Ridge who work in management occupations (16.15%), sales jobs (13.37%), and office and administrative support (12.91%).
Also of interest is that Park Ridge 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: 7.99% 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.
In addition, Park Ridge is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.
Park Ridge is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The borough’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Park Ridge’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.
In Park Ridge, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.50 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 Park Ridge, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though Park Ridge is a relatively small borough. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.
Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Park Ridge, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Park Ridge is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 54.45% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.
The per capita income in Park Ridge in 2010 was $51,050, 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 $204,200 for a family of four.
Park Ridge is a very ethnically-diverse borough. The people who call Park Ridge home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Park Ridge residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Park Ridge also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 13.42% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Park Ridge include Irish, German, Polish, and English.
The most common language spoken in Park Ridge is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Armenian.