Somerville, NJ
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Somerville is a somewhat small borough located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 12,202 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Somerville is the 166th largest community in New Jersey.

Housing costs in Somerville 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.

Somerville is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Somerville is a borough of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Somerville who work in office and administrative support (15.07%), management occupations (10.88%), and sales jobs (9.87%).

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

The population of Somerville is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 35.96% of adults in Somerville have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Somerville in 2010 was $33,169, which is lower middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $132,676 for a family of four. However, Somerville contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Somerville is a very ethnically-diverse borough. The people who call Somerville home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Somerville residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Somerville also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 20.11% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Somerville include Italian, German, Polish, and English.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Somerville's cultural character, accounting for 21.67% of the borough’s population.

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