Rumson, NJ
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Rumson is a somewhat small coastal borough (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 6,926 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Rumson is the 267th largest community in New Jersey.

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

Rumson is a decidedly white-collar borough, with fully 91.83% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Rumson is a borough of managers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Rumson who work in management occupations (20.96%), sales jobs (18.37%), and business and financial occupations (9.02%).

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

A relatively large number of people in Rumson telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.11% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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, Rumson 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, Rumson 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, Rumson really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Rumson 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.

Rumson is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

One downside of living in Rumson, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 33.60 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 Rumson is a smaller borough, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly a ferryboat for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Rumson, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Rumson is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 69.79% 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 Rumson in 2010 was $80,654, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $322,616 for a family of four.

The people who call Rumson home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Rumson residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Rumson include Italian, German, English, and Dutch.

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