Piscataway, NJ
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Living in Piscataway


Piscataway is a larger medium-sized town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 57,981 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 85.25% 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 (12.50%), management occupations (12.12%), and computer science and math (10.45%).

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.

Because Piscataway has a very large number of students who are 18 years or older and in college, it is thought of as a college town. This has a major influence on local Piscataway lifestyle, entertainment, and culture in general. Life in Piscataway is very much tied to the academic calendar: when students return from the summer break in the fall, one will notice them out and about, buying groceries, out with friends, and generally getting re-acquainted with each other. In Piscataway people study hard and play hard, and there is ample opportunity to do both.

Not only is Piscataway a town with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. That’s because Piscataway is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Piscataway a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

One downside of living in Piscataway, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.97 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.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Piscataway. 54.38% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Piscataway in 2010 was $31,408, 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 $125,632 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 11.34% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Piscataway include Italian, Irish, German, Polish, and English.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Piscataway's cultural character, accounting for 32.09% of the town’s population.

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