A small city located in New Jersey, Rutherford has a population of slightly less than 19,000. With an average age of just over 39, the city's population is fairly typical compared to other municipalities in New Jersey, which has an average age of 39. The majority of residents own their homes in Rutherford, and 39% of residents rent. Relatively high rent costs may be playing a role, as the average rent of $1,459/month is substantially higher than the state average of $1,272.
Averaging about 37 minutes, Rutherford's commute time is slower than the state average of about 34 minutes. Driving is the most common mode of getting to work, chosen by 36% of workers, while public transportation is used by only 11% of the city. A small percentage of residents walk to work.
Rutherford has a large number of residents older than 25 with advanced degrees compared to the national average (7%), as 13% have earned a Master's or a Doctoral degree. In addition, 24% possess a Bachelor's degree, which also outpaces the national average. Many Rutherford residents work in one of five industries: retail, education, finance, scientific, and healthcare. Combined, these industries account for 32% of the labor force in the city. Meanwhile, looking at job function, 12% of the city's population works in management, which ranks as the top field in the city. Rutherford workers take home an average annual income of about $107,000, about $21,000 more than the average New Jersey resident. The city's average income also compares favorably to the national average of $73,345.
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