West Orange, NJ
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West Orange is a medium-sized town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 47,390 people and nine constituent neighborhoods, West Orange is the 31st largest community in New Jersey.

Housing costs in West Orange 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 Orange is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 86.11% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, West Orange is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in West Orange who work in office and administrative support (13.48%), management occupations (11.93%), and sales jobs (10.64%).

Also of interest is that West Orange 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 Orange, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.67 minutes every day commuting to work. However, 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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in West Orange use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of West Orange‘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.

West Orange is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 47.29% of adults in West Orange have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in West Orange in 2010 was $43,670, which is upper middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $174,680 for a family of four. However, West Orange contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

West Orange is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call West Orange home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of West Orange residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. West Orange also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 18.96% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in West Orange include Irish, Haitian, German, and Polish.

West Orange also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 28.97%.

The most common language spoken in West Orange is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.