Union, NJ
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Living in Union


Union is a larger medium-sized town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 53,954 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, Union isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Union are a mix 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.

One downside of living in Union is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Union, the average commute to work is 31.13 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Union is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Union area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The population of Union 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: 35.04% 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.

Union also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 31.22%.

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