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.
A relatively large number of people in Westwood telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.51% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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 Westwood, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.08 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.
Even though Westwood is a smaller borough, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the train for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.
If knowledge is power, Westwood is a pretty powerful place. 51.05% of the adults in Westwood 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 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.