Westwood, NJ
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Living in Westwood


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 87.31% 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 management occupations (13.11%), sales jobs (11.89%), and office and administrative support (11.38%).

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.51% 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.

One downside of living in Westwood, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 33.08 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.

In Westwood, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though Westwood is a relatively small borough. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Westwood. 51.05% 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 Westwood in 2010 was $51,798, 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 $207,192 for a family of four.

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 20.66% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Westwood include Italian, Irish, German, English, and Polish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Westwood's cultural character, accounting for 21.17% of the borough’s population.

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