West New York is a medium-sized town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 52,990 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, West New York is the 29th largest community in New Jersey. West New York has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.
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 (12.33%), sales jobs (9.81%), and food service (8.70%).
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.
One downside of living in West New York, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 37.15 minutes every day commuting to work. It is, however, a pedestrian-friendly town. Many of its neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot. In addition, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, West New York 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 West New York area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
The overall education level of West New York is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 26.53% of adults 25 and older in the town have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in West New York in 2010 was $26,622, which is low income relative to New Jersey, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $106,488 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 76.95% 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 Italian, Irish, German, English, and Russian.
The most common language spoken in West New York is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Langs. of India.