Essex Fells is a very small borough located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 2,182 people and just one neighborhood, Essex Fells is the 416th largest community in New Jersey. Essex Fells has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic boroughs in the country.
Essex Fells home prices are not only among the most expensive in New Jersey, but Essex Fells real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Essex Fells is a decidedly white-collar borough, with fully 95.29% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Essex Fells is a borough of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Essex Fells who work in management occupations (28.53%), sales jobs (15.20%), and business and financial occupations (11.86%).
Of important note, Essex Fells is also a borough of artists. Essex Fells has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Essex Fells’s character.
Also of interest is that Essex Fells 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 Essex Fells telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 23.60% 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 addition, Essex Fells is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.
Because of many things, Essex Fells is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Essex Fells a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The borough’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Essex Fells has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Essex Fells’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
One downside of living in Essex Fells, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 34.10 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.
In Essex Fells, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though Essex Fells is a relatively small borough. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.
If knowledge is power, Essex Fells is a pretty powerful place. 83.96% of the adults in Essex Fells 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 Essex Fells in 2018 was $114,044, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $456,176 for a family of four.
Essex Fells is a somewhat ethnically-diverse borough. The people who call Essex Fells home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Essex Fells residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Essex Fells also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 14.23% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Essex Fells include Italian, Irish, German, English, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Essex Fells is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Slavic languages.
When you see a neighborhood for the first time, the most important thing is often the way it looks, like its homes and its setting. Some places look the same, but they only reveal their true character after living in them for a while because they contain a unique mix of occupational or cultural groups. This neighborhood is very unique in some important ways, according to NeighborhoodScout's exclusive exploration and analysis.
Wealth makes most things in life easier, and a few things harder. If you are wealthy and enjoy keeping up with the Jones', this neighborhood will interest you. In fact, according to NeighborhoodScout's research, the neighborhood is wealthier than 99.7% of the neighborhoods in the United States. Residents here are truly in a unique situation even when compared to other Americans, based on the sheer amount of wealth concentrated here. Even in times of economic downturn, residents of this neighborhood, as a group, suffered less and recovered more quickly. This is indeed a stand-out characteristic of this neighborhood.
In addition, think about the people you know personally. How many of them would purchase box seats to opening night at the symphony? How many of them regularly attend gallery openings, or are the first to reserve tickets to opening night at the ballet? If they're like most of us, they don't do any of these things. But if you're among an exclusive crowd of wealthy and refined patrons of the arts, then you'll feel right at home in the neighborhood: a neighborhood in which more "urban sophisticates" live than 99.6% of neighborhoods across the U.S. Here, your neighbors are defined as having urbane tastes in literature, music, live theatre and the arts. They are wealthy, educated, travel in style, and live a big city lifestyle whether or not they live in or near a big city. In addition to being an excellent choice for urban sophisticates, this neighborhood is also a very good choice for highly educated executives and families with school-aged children.
Also, priests and therapists would like to think they know the secrets to a truly successful marriage, but according to NeighborhoodScout's research, the folks of the neighborhood may actually hold the key. 73.4% of its residents are married, which is a higher percentage than is found in 99.0% of the neighborhoods in America.
Finally, the rate of college educated adults in the neighborhood is a unique characteristic of the neighborhood. 84.0% of adults here have received at least a 4-year bachelor's degree, compared to the average neighborhood in America, which has 33.7% of the adults with a bachelor's degree. The rate here is higher than NeighborhoodScout found in 98.9% of all U.S. neighborhoods.
One way that the neighborhood really stands out, is that it has more large 4, 5, or additional bedroom homes and real estate than 98.2% of the neighborhoods in America. When you walk or drive around this neighborhood, you'll instantly notice the size of the homes here which definitely makes a strong visual statement.
In addition, owner-occupied real estate dominates the neighborhood. In fact, according to NeighborhoodScout research, the percentage of residential real estate occupied by its owner is higher here than in 97.8% of neighborhoods in America.
The neighborhood has a higher proportion of its residents employed as executives, managers and professionals than 96.5% of the neighborhoods in America. In fact, 71.3% of the employed people here make a living as an executive, a manager, or other professional. With such a high concentration, this truly shapes the character of this neighborhood, and to a large degree defines what this neighborhood is about.
A unique way of commuting is simply not to. And in the neighborhood, analysis shows that 23.6% of the residents work from home, avoiding a commute altogether. This may not seem like a large number, but it is a higher proportion of people working from home than is found in 95.5% of the neighborhoods in the United States. One thing NeighborhoodScout's research reveals is that the wealthier and/or more isolated the neighborhood, the greater the proportion of residents who choose to work from home.
Did you know that the neighborhood has more Italian and Iranian ancestry people living in it than nearly any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 29.1% of this neighborhood's residents have Italian ancestry and 2.6% have Iranian ancestry.
How wealthy a neighborhood is, from very wealthy, to middle income, to low income is very formative with regard to the personality and character of a neighborhood. Equally important is the rate of people, particularly children, who live below the federal poverty line. In some wealthy gated communities, the areas immediately surrounding can have high rates of childhood poverty, which indicates other social issues. NeighborhoodScout's analysis reveals both aspects of income and poverty for this neighborhood.
The neighbors in the neighborhood in Essex Fells are wealthy, making it among the 15% highest income neighborhoods in America. NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis reveals that this neighborhood has a higher income than 99.7% of the neighborhoods in America. In addition, 0.4% of the children seventeen and under living in this neighborhood are living below the federal poverty line, which is a lower rate of childhood poverty than is found in 80.1% of America's neighborhoods.
A neighborhood is far different if it is dominated by enlisted military personnel rather than people who earn their living by farming. It is also different if most of the neighbors are clerical support or managers. What is wonderful is the sheer diversity of neighborhoods, allowing you to find the type that fits your lifestyle and aspirations.
In the neighborhood, 71.3% of the working population is employed in executive, management, and professional occupations. The second most important occupational group in this neighborhood is sales and service jobs, from major sales accounts, to working in fast food restaurants, with 19.6% of the residents employed. Other residents here are employed in manufacturing and laborer occupations (4.7%), and 4.4% in clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations.
The most common language spoken in the neighborhood is English, spoken by 80.3% of households. Some people also speak Spanish (9.3%).
Culture is the shared learned behavior of peoples. Undeniably, different ethnicities and ancestries have different cultural traditions, and as a result, neighborhoods with concentrations of residents of one or another ethnicities or ancestries will express those cultures. It is what makes the North End in Boston so fun to visit for the Italian restaurants, bakeries, culture, and charm, and similarly, why people enjoy visiting Chinatown in San Francisco.
In the neighborhood in Essex Fells, NJ, residents most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as Italian (29.1%). There are also a number of people of Irish ancestry (24.8%), and residents who report German roots (16.1%), and some of the residents are also of South American ancestry (9.2%), along with some English ancestry residents (9.2%), among others.
How you get to work – car, bus, train or other means – and how much of your day it takes to do so is a large quality of life and financial issue. Especially with gasoline prices rising and expected to continue doing so, the length and means of one's commute can be a financial burden. Some neighborhoods are physically located so that many residents have to drive in their own car, others are set up so many walk to work, or can take a train, bus, or bike. The greatest number of commuters in neighborhood spend between 15 and 30 minutes commuting one-way to work (30.9% of working residents), which is shorter than the time spent commuting to work for most Americans.
Here most residents (57.5%) drive alone in a private automobile to get to work. In addition, quite a number also take the train to get to work (9.9%) . In a neighborhood like this, as in most of the nation, many residents find owning a car useful for getting to work.