Westwood, NJ
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Westwood is a somewhat small borough located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 11,155 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Westwood is the 189th largest community in New Jersey.

Housing costs in Westwood are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in New Jersey.

Westwood is a decidedly white-collar borough, with fully 89.67% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Westwood is a borough of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Westwood who work in sales jobs (14.90%), management occupations (12.92%), and office and administrative support (11.99%).

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

Because of many things, Westwood is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Westwood 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 borough’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Westwood has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Westwood’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One downside of living in Westwood is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Westwood, the average commute to work is 32.97 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the borough, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

Despite being a small borough, Westwood has a lot of people using the train to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the train are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Westwood, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Westwood is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 50.37% 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 Westwood in 2010 was $46,448, which is upper middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $185,792 for a family of four. However, Westwood contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Westwood is an extremely ethnically-diverse borough. The people who call Westwood home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Westwood residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Westwood also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 16.57% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Westwood include Italian, German, Irish, English, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Westwood is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Langs. of India.