Westwood, NJ
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Westwood is a somewhat small borough located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 11,247 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 89.96% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Westwood is a borough of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Westwood who work in sales jobs (16.65%), management occupations (13.78%), and office and administrative support (12.91%).

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

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.

In addition, Westwood 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, Westwood 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, Westwood really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Westwood 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 Westwood, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.63 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.

Even though Westwood is a smaller borough, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the bus for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

The education level of Westwood ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Westwood, 46.84% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Westwood in 2010 was $39,868, which is middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $159,472 for a family of four. However, Westwood contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Westwood is a somewhat 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 Black or African-American. Westwood also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.98% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Westwood include German, Irish, English, and Polish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Westwood's cultural character, accounting for 17.57% of the borough’s population.

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