Rockaway, NJ
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Rockaway is a somewhat small borough located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 6,494 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Rockaway is the 280th largest community in New Jersey.

Housing costs in Rockaway 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 boroughs, Rockaway isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Rockaway are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Rockaway is a borough of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Rockaway who work in office and administrative support (14.38%), management occupations (13.02%), and sales jobs (10.90%).

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

Because of many things, Rockaway is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Rockaway 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, Rockaway has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Rockaway’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

Even though Rockaway is a smaller borough, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the train for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

In terms of college education, Rockaway is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 31.21% of adults in Rockaway have a college degree.

The per capita income in Rockaway in 2010 was $37,327, which is middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $149,308 for a family of four. However, Rockaway contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Rockaway is a somewhat ethnically-diverse borough. The people who call Rockaway home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Rockaway residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Rockaway also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 14.80% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Rockaway include Irish, German, Polish, and English.

In addition, Rockaway has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (20.17%).

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