River Edge is a somewhat small borough located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 11,668 people and two constituent neighborhoods, River Edge is the 180th largest community in New Jersey.
Housing costs in River Edge 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.
River Edge is a decidedly white-collar borough, with fully 91.00% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, River Edge is a borough of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in River Edge who work in office and administrative support (12.39%), management occupations (12.31%), and sales jobs (11.41%).
Of important note, River Edge is also a borough of artists. River Edge has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape River Edge’s character.
Also of interest is that River Edge 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: 7.72% 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, River Edge 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, River Edge is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making River Edge a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The borough’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, River Edge has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, River Edge’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.
One downside of living in River Edge, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 32.73 minutes every day commuting to work. However, 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.
Even though River Edge is a smaller borough, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the bus for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in River Edge. 55.48% 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 River Edge in 2010 was $44,503, which is upper middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $178,012 for a family of four.
River Edge is a very ethnically-diverse borough. The people who call River Edge home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of River Edge residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in River Edge include Irish, German, Polish, and Russian.
In addition, River Edge has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (27.88%).
The most common language spoken in River Edge is English. Other important languages spoken here include Korean and Spanish.