Westfield, NJ
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Westfield is a medium-sized town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 29,881 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 93.08% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Westfield is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Westfield who work in management occupations (19.27%), business and financial occupations (12.12%), and sales jobs (11.41%).

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.

Of important note, Westfield is also a town of artists. Westfield has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Westfield’s character.

A relatively large number of people in Westfield telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.62% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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 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 great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Westfield a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Westfield has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Westfield’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One downside of living in Westfield, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 36.79 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.

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 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 70.98% 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 $77,890, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $311,560 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 Irish, Italian, German, Polish, and English.

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