Ridgefield Park is a somewhat small village located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 13,102 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Ridgefield Park is the 154th largest community in New Jersey. Ridgefield Park has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic villages in the country.
Housing costs in Ridgefield Park 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.
Unlike some villages, Ridgefield Park isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Ridgefield Park are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Ridgefield Park is a village of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Ridgefield Park who work in office and administrative support (15.64%), sales jobs (15.20%), and management occupations (10.37%).
Also of interest is that Ridgefield Park has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
In Ridgefield Park, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.33 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. In addition, the village is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.
Despite being a small village, Ridgefield Park has a lot of people using the bus to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the bus are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.
The population of Ridgefield Park is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 35.81% of adults in Ridgefield Park have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Ridgefield Park in 2010 was $31,644, 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 $126,576 for a family of four. However, Ridgefield Park contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Ridgefield Park is an extremely ethnically-diverse village. The people who call Ridgefield Park home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Ridgefield Park residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Ridgefield Park also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 38.80% of the village’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Ridgefield Park include Irish, German, Russian, and Polish.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Ridgefield Park's cultural character, accounting for 33.88% of the village’s population.
The most common language spoken in Ridgefield Park is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Korean.