Piscataway, NJ
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Piscataway is a larger medium-sized town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 58,069 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Piscataway is the 18th largest community in New Jersey.

Housing costs in Piscataway 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.

Piscataway is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 86.54% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Piscataway is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Piscataway who work in office and administrative support (12.98%), management occupations (10.34%), and sales jobs (9.67%).

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

In addition, Piscataway is a college town. There are a lot of students in Piscataway attending college, and as a result Piscataway provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.

One downside of living in Piscataway is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Piscataway, the average commute to work is 31.15 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Piscataway 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 train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Piscataway area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

If knowledge is power, Piscataway is a pretty powerful place. 52.07% of the adults in Piscataway have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Piscataway in 2010 was $31,941, which is lower middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $127,764 for a family of four. However, Piscataway contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Piscataway is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Piscataway home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Piscataway residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Piscataway also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.43% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Piscataway include Irish, German, Polish, and English.

In addition, Piscataway has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (32.97%).

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