Westwood, NJ
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Westwood is a somewhat small borough located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 11,326 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.

Westwood is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The borough’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Westwood’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

In Westwood, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.97 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.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Westwood. 50.37% 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 $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.