What is the Tapestry of Springfield? How Does it Compare to its Neighbors?

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – According to the ESRI (www.esri.com), the largest group of people in Springfield are characterized as City Lights at 41% of the households, followed by Urban Chic at 24% and Golden Years at 11%.  These are three of ESRI’s Tapestry™ 67 segments meant to give a description of the nation’s residential areas.  What these three groups describe is a more diverse community than most of its neighbors with a mix of homeowners and renters that work mostly in professional occupations and earn above average incomes.

ESRI description for the largest group is “City Lights, a densely populated urban market, is the epitome of equality.  The wide-ranging demographic characteristics of residents mirror their passion for social welfare and equal opportunity.”   Next, “Urban Chic residents are professionals that live a sophisticated, exclusive lifestyle.” Finally, Golden Years refers to those close to, or in, retirement; but still very active.  Springfield is the only town where this group ranks in the top three.

For the communities in the surrounding zip codes (figure 1), the most common characterizations were Top Tier, City Lights, and Pleasantville.  Top Tier households represent the wealthiest tapestry.  It is not a description of the top three used to describe Springfield; but it is applied to two thirds of the surrounding zip codes.  Pleasantville is applied to four of the nine surrounding zip codes and two words used to describe it are “prosperous domestically” with slightly older couples.

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Figure 1:  Top Tapestry Segments for Springfield and Surrounding Zip Codes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Included with the zip code descriptions were median household income, median age and population density (figure 2).  Springfield’s median income of $94,000 is well above that of the county, the state and the nation; but it is lower than that in six of its nine bordering zip codes.  It median age is above that of the county, state and nation; and only below Cranford and Mountainside.  It is more densely populated than the state and the nation, but not as densely populated as Union County.  The most densely populated zip codes tend to be east of Springfield.

Figure 2:  Metrics for Springfield and Surrounding Zip Codes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ESRI builds mapping software.  The data used for this article came from its ZIP Lookup webpage - http://www.esri.com/data/esri_data/ziptapestry.

 

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