Rahway, NJ
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Rahway is a medium-sized city located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 29,508 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Rahway is the 65th largest community in New Jersey.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Rahway is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Rahway is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Rahway who work in office and administrative support (16.48%), sales jobs (11.40%), and management occupations (7.81%).

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

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Rahway use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Rahway‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the train. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

The overall education level of Rahway is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 28.88% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Rahway in 2010 was $29,939, 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 $119,756 for a family of four. However, Rahway contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Rahway is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Rahway home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Rahway residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Rahway also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 26.78% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Rahway include Italian, German, Polish, and Portuguese.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Rahway's cultural character, accounting for 23.15% of the city’s population.

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