Watchung is a somewhat small borough located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 5,949 people and just one neighborhood, Watchung is the 297th largest community in New Jersey. Watchung Homes
Watchung home prices are not only among the most expensive in New Jersey, but Watchung real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Watchung is a decidedly white-collar borough, with fully 87.60% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Watchung is a borough of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Watchung who work in office and administrative support (16.01%), sales jobs (12.79%), and healthcare (12.26%). Watchung Homes
Of important note, Watchung is also a borough of artists. Watchung has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Watchung’s character. Watchung Homes
Setting & Lifestyle
Watchung 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, Watchung’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country. Watchung Homes
One downside of living in Watchung is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Watchung, the average commute to work is 33.25 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the borough, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
Despite being a small borough, Watchung has a lot of people using the train to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the train are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.
If knowledge is power, Watchung is a pretty powerful place. 60.06% of the adults in Watchung 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. Watchung Homes
The per capita income in Watchung in 2010 was $68,251, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $273,004 for a family of four.
Watchung is a very ethnically-diverse borough. The people who call Watchung home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Watchung residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Watchung also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.98% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Watchung include Irish, Polish, German, and Russian.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Watchung’s cultural character, accounting for 20.00% of the borough’s population. Watchung Homes
The most common language spoken in Watchung is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.
Fun Fact: Supposedly, “after the 1938 radio broadcast of Orson Wells’ The War of the Worlds, National Guard troops were stationed around the hills in Watchung.” And per The New York Times, “during the Revolutionary War, to a lookout point in neighboring Green Brook.”