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.
West Long Branch is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (13.36%), office and administrative support (11.46%), and teaching (10.20%).
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 with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped West Long Branch to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local economy.
The citizens of West Long Branch are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 39.49% of adults in West Long Branch have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in West Long Branch in 2010 was $35,688, which is middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $142,752 for a family of four. However, West Long Branch contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
West Long Branch is a somewhat ethnically-diverse borough. 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 Black or African-American. 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 Portuguese.