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. Much of the housing stock in Ridgewood was built prior to World War II, 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 94.31% 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 (19.56%), sales jobs (15.82%), and business and financial occupations (11.53%).
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.
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.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 10.28% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.
One downside of living in Ridgewood, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 35.67 minutes every day commuting to work. It is, however, a pedestrian-friendly village. Many of its neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot. In addition, 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.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Ridgewood use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Ridgewood‘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.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Ridgewood. 76.12% 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 Ridgewood in 2010 was $76,085, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $304,340 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.
The most common language spoken in Ridgewood is English. Other important languages spoken here include Korean and Spanish.