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Westfield, NJ
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Living in Westfield


Westfield is a medium-sized town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 31,032 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Westfield is the 56th largest community in New Jersey. Westfield has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns.

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 94.31% 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 (21.86%), sales jobs (11.89%), and business and financial occupations (10.83%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 15.87% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

In addition, Westfield is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

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.

One downside of living in Westfield is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Westfield, the average commute to work is 35.20 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly town. Many of Westfield’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

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

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Westfield. 74.65% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Westfield in 2018 was $79,894, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $319,576 for a family of four.

Westfield is a very 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 Irish, Italian, German, English, and Polish.

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