West Long Branch is a somewhat small borough located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 7,994 people and two constituent neighborhoods, West Long Branch is the 245th largest community in New Jersey.
Housing costs in West Long Branch 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 boroughs, West Long Branch isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in West Long Branch are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, West Long Branch is a borough of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in West Long Branch who work in sales jobs (14.79%), office and administrative support (11.91%), and teaching (10.04%).
Also of interest is that West Long Branch has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
West Long Branch is a small town where college students really create the town feel and character. So many small towns have lost population over the last 20-30 years that having the local college presence in the West Long Branch area, with all of the energy of the students filling area dorms and apartments each fall, really helps West Long Branch maintain a good economy.
The citizens of West Long Branch are among the most well-educated in the nation: 41.29% of adults in West Long Branch have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in West Long Branch in 2010 was $36,272, which is middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $145,088 for a family of four. However, West Long Branch contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call West Long Branch home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of West Long Branch residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in West Long Branch include Irish, German, English, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in West Long Branch is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.