South Amboy, NJ
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South Amboy is a somewhat small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 8,846 people and five constituent neighborhoods, South Amboy is the 228th largest community in New Jersey.

Housing costs in South Amboy 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.

Unlike some cities, South Amboy isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in South Amboy are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, South Amboy is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in South Amboy who work in office and administrative support (20.71%), teaching (8.61%), and sales jobs (8.43%).

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

South Amboy 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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

One downside of living in South Amboy, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.47 minutes every day commuting to work. It is, however, a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of its neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot. In addition, 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.

In South Amboy, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though South Amboy is a relatively small city. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

The overall education level of South Amboy is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 26.87% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in South Amboy in 2010 was $36,999, which is middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $147,996 for a family of four. However, South Amboy contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

South Amboy is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call South Amboy home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of South Amboy residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. South Amboy also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.88% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in South Amboy include Italian, Polish, German, and English.

South Amboy also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 15.35%.

The most common language spoken in South Amboy is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.