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.
Rockaway is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Rockaway is a borough of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Rockaway who work in management occupations (12.18%), office and administrative support (11.01%), and sales jobs (10.23%).
Of important note, Rockaway is also a borough of artists. Rockaway has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Rockaway’s character.
The overall education level of Rockaway citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 32.58% of adults in Rockaway have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.
The per capita income in Rockaway in 2010 was $39,806, which is middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $159,224 for a family of four.
Rockaway is a very 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 19.61% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Rockaway include Irish, German, Polish, and English.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Rockaway's cultural character, accounting for 22.63% of the borough’s population.
The most common language spoken in Rockaway is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Urdu.