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 85.97% 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 (12.90%), management occupations (12.10%), and sales jobs (10.03%).

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.

In West Orange, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.99 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.

For the size of the town, public transportation in West Orange is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For West Orange, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

The education level of West Orange ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in West Orange, 47.50% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in West Orange in 2010 was $43,597, 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 $174,388 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 18.29% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in West Orange include Irish, Haitian, German, and Polish.

In addition, West Orange has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (28.14%).

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