West New York is a medium-sized town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 52,723 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, West New York is the 29th largest community in New Jersey. Much of the housing stock in West New York was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.
Housing costs in West New York 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.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, West New York is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, West New York is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in West New York who work in sales jobs (9.33%), office and administrative support (8.91%), and food service (8.50%).
Also of interest is that West New York has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
In West New York, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 37.15 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. In addition, the town is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.
For the size of the town, public transportation in West New York is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For West New York, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
The overall education level of West New York citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 30.15% of adults in West New York have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.
The per capita income in West New York in 2018 was $29,170, which is low income relative to New Jersey, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $116,680 for a family of four. However, West New York contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
West New York is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call West New York home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in West New York, accounting for 77.32% of the town’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of West New York residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in West New York include Italian, Irish, German, Russian, and French.
Foreign born people are also an important part of West New York's cultural character, accounting for 61.02% of the town’s population.
The most common language spoken in West New York is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Langs. of India.