Rutherford is a medium-sized borough located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 18,690 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Rutherford is the 107th largest community in New Jersey. Much of the housing stock in Rutherford was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic boroughs in the country.
Housing costs in Rutherford 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.
Rutherford is a decidedly white-collar borough, with fully 88.85% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Rutherford is a borough of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Rutherford who work in office and administrative support (15.43%), management occupations (13.08%), and sales jobs (9.11%).
Also of interest is that Rutherford has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Of important note, Rutherford is also a borough of artists. Rutherford has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Rutherford’s character.
In Rutherford, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.53 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit. In addition, the borough is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.
Despite being a small borough, Rutherford has a lot of people using the bus to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the bus are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.
Rutherford is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 49.87% of adults in Rutherford have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.
The per capita income in Rutherford in 2010 was $40,050, which is middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $160,200 for a family of four.
Rutherford is a very ethnically-diverse borough. The people who call Rutherford home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Rutherford residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Rutherford also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 15.02% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Rutherford include Irish, German, Polish, and English.
In addition, Rutherford has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (24.56%).
The most common language spoken in Rutherford is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Korean.