Union is a larger medium-sized town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 53,437 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Union is the 25th largest community in New Jersey.
Housing costs in Union 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 towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Union is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Union is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Union who work in office and administrative support (15.83%), sales jobs (10.58%), and management occupations (10.56%).
Also of interest is that Union has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
In Union, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.13 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.
For the size of the town, public transportation in Union is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Union, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
The education level of Union citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 35.04% of adults in Union have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Union in 2010 was $35,104, 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 $140,416 for a family of four. However, Union contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Union is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Union home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Union residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Union also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 16.98% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Union include Italian, Portuguese, Irish, German, and Polish.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Union's cultural character, accounting for 31.22% of the town’s population.
The most common language spoken in Union is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.