South Orange, NJ
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South Orange is a medium-sized town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 16,380 people and four constituent neighborhoods, South Orange is the 121st largest community in New Jersey. South Orange has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.

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

South Orange is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 94.16% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, South Orange is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in South Orange who work in management occupations (15.88%), teaching (11.25%), and sales jobs (10.50%).

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

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

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 9.46% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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, South Orange is a college town. There are a lot of students in South Orange attending college, and as a result South Orange provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.

One downside of living in South Orange, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 34.62 minutes every day commuting to work. It is, however, a pedestrian-friendly town. 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.

Despite being a small town, South Orange has a lot of people using the train to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the train are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.

If knowledge is power, South Orange is a pretty powerful place. 67.02% of the adults in South Orange have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in South Orange in 2010 was $51,134, 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 $204,536 for a family of four. However, South Orange contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

South Orange is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call South Orange home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of South Orange residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in South Orange include Italian, German, English, and Russian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of South Orange's cultural character, accounting for 16.22% of the town’s population.

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