Ridgewood, NJ
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Ridgewood is a medium-sized village located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 25,272 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Ridgewood is the 73rd largest community in New Jersey. Ridgewood has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic villages in the country.

Ridgewood home prices are not only among the most expensive in New Jersey, but Ridgewood real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Ridgewood is a decidedly white-collar village, with fully 94.03% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Ridgewood is a village of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Ridgewood who work in management occupations (19.43%), sales jobs (15.05%), and business and financial occupations (12.52%).

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

Of important note, Ridgewood is also a village of artists. Ridgewood has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Ridgewood’s character.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 10.70% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

In addition, Ridgewood is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.

Because of many things, Ridgewood is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Ridgewood really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Ridgewood perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

In Ridgewood, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 35.62 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.

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

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Ridgewood, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Ridgewood is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 75.44% 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 Ridgewood in 2010 was $77,446, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $309,784 for a family of four.

Ridgewood is a very ethnically-diverse village. The people who call Ridgewood home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Ridgewood residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Ridgewood include Irish, Italian, German, English, and Russian.

In addition, Ridgewood has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (22.34%).

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