Summit is a medium-sized city located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 21,897 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Summit is the 90th largest community in New Jersey.
Summit home prices are not only among the most expensive in New Jersey, but Summit real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Summit is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 92.76% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Summit is a city of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Summit who work in management occupations (18.30%), business and financial occupations (12.86%), and sales jobs (10.14%).
Also of interest is that Summit has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Of important note, Summit is also a city of artists. Summit has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Summit’s character.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.70% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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 addition, Summit is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.
Summit 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 city’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, Summit’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
In Summit, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.76 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.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Summit is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Summit area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
If knowledge is power, Summit is a pretty powerful place. 70.98% of the adults in Summit 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 Summit in 2018 was $90,561, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $362,244 for a family of four.
Summit is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Summit home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Summit residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Summit also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 13.49% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Summit include Irish, Italian, German, English, and Polish.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Summit's cultural character, accounting for 23.61% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Summit is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.