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 92.24% 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 (18.43%), sales jobs (13.74%), and business and financial occupations (11.21%).

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.

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: 7.34% 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 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 34.20 minutes every day commuting to work. However, 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 have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Westfield. 67.88% 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 2010 was $66,074, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $264,296 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 Chinese.