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.

Piscataway is also a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Piscataway have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. Piscataway’s economy is one such example of this.

In Piscataway, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.30 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.

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.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Piscataway, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Piscataway is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 54.94% 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 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.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Piscataway's cultural character, accounting for 31.81% of the town’s population.

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