Rutherford, NJ
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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.

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 89.85% 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 (14.91%), management occupations (14.90%), and sales jobs (9.25%).

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.

One downside of living in Rutherford is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Rutherford, the average commute to work is 31.36 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the borough, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly borough. Many of Rutherford’s neighborhoods are dense enough 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.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Rutherford, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Rutherford is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 52.48% 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 Rutherford in 2010 was $41,748, 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 $166,992 for a family of four.

Rutherford is an extremely 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 15.89% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Rutherford include Irish, German, Polish, and English.

Rutherford also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 25.36%.

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