Piscataway, NJ
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Piscataway is a larger medium-sized town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 57,696 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 86.68% 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 management occupations (12.77%), office and administrative support (12.36%), and sales jobs (9.86%).

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 major college town that has a very high percentage of its residents over 18 years old who are college students. Naturally, collegiate life has a major influence on local Piscataway culture, lifestyle and entertainment options. Piscataway really pulses to the beat of the academic calendar. In Piscataway every fall, returning students reinvigorate the community, who you will notice are all over town, buying groceries, out with friends, and getting acquainted or re-acquainted with each other and Piscataway. One of the beneficial effects that colleges provide is that they tend to be lasting institutions that deliver direct economic benefits to the local economy in the form of such things as jobs for faculty and staff, and spending by students. Piscataway benefits directly from this.

One downside of living in Piscataway, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.30 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

For the size of the town, public transportation in Piscataway is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For Piscataway, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

If knowledge is power, Piscataway is a pretty powerful place. 54.94% 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 $30,760, which is lower middle income relative to New Jersey, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $123,040 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 Asian, followed by White. Piscataway also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.12% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Piscataway include Irish, German, Polish, and English.

Piscataway also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 31.81%.

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