West New York is a medium-sized town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 53,366 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, West New York is the 29th largest community in New Jersey.
Housing costs in West New York 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, West New York is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, West New York is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in West New York who work in office and administrative support (12.67%), food service (8.47%), and sales jobs (8.46%).
Also of interest is that West New York has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
In West New York, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 35.84 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. In addition, the town is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in West New York use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of West New York‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
The education level of West New York citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 24.35% of adults in West New York have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in West New York in 2010 was $26,081, which is low income relative to New Jersey, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $104,324 for a family of four. However, West New York contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
West New York is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call West New York home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in West New York, accounting for 78.52% of the town’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of West New York residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in West New York include German, Irish, English, and Polish.
Foreign born people are also an important part of West New York's cultural character, accounting for 57.69% of the town’s population.
The most common language spoken in West New York is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Other Asian languages.