Westfield, NJ
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Westfield is a medium-sized town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 30,548 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Westfield is the 56th largest community in New Jersey.

Westfield home prices are not only among the most expensive in New Jersey, but Westfield real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Westfield is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 91.80% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Westfield is a town of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Westfield who work in management occupations (18.79%), sales jobs (13.76%), and business and financial occupations (11.06%).

Also of interest is that Westfield has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

In addition, Westfield is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.

Because of many things, Westfield is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Westfield really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Westfield perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

In Westfield, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.86 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Westfield 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 train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Westfield area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Westfield, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Westfield is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 66.36% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Westfield in 2010 was $64,374, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $257,496 for a family of four.

Westfield is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Westfield home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Westfield residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Westfield include Italian, German, Polish, and English.

The most common language spoken in Westfield is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.