Westfield is a medium-sized town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 29,512 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 93.52% 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 (18.54%), sales jobs (12.06%), and business and financial occupations (10.94%).
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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.97% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.
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, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 36.94 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.
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.
If knowledge is power, Westfield is a pretty powerful place. 74.11% of the adults in Westfield have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Westfield in 2018 was $81,933, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $327,732 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, Polish, and English.
The most common language spoken in Westfield is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.