Sparta, NJ
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Sparta is a medium-sized town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 21,499 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Sparta is the 87th largest community in New Jersey.

Housing costs in Sparta 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.

Sparta is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 89.71% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Sparta is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Sparta who work in management occupations (16.74%), sales jobs (13.14%), and office and administrative support (12.03%).

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

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.31% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.

The overall crime rate in Sparta is one of the lowest in the US. This makes it one of the safer places to live in the country in terms of crime.

One downside of living in Sparta is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Sparta, the average commute to work is 36.64 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.

If knowledge is power, Sparta is a pretty powerful place. 57.07% of the adults in Sparta 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 Sparta in 2010 was $54,053, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $216,212 for a family of four.

The people who call Sparta home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Sparta residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Sparta include Italian, German, English, and Polish.

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