Highlands is a tiny town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 941 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Highlands is the 408th largest community in North Carolina.
Highlands home prices are not only among the most expensive in North Carolina, but Highlands real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Highlands is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 92.94% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Highlands is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Highlands who work in management occupations (17.77%), sales jobs (16.86%), and office and administrative support (10.02%).
Of important note, Highlands is also a town of artists. Highlands has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Highlands’s character.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.95% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.
Another notable thing is that Highlands is a major vacation destination. Much of the town’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Highlands’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.
It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Highlands has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Highlands has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Highlands than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Highlands may be for you.
Residents of the town have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 12.46 minutes getting to work every day.
Highlands is a small town, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.
If knowledge is power, Highlands is a pretty powerful place. 51.62% of the adults in Highlands 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 Highlands in 2010 was $49,806, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $199,224 for a family of four. However, Highlands contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Highlands home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Highlands residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Highlands include German, Scots-Irish, Irish, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Highlands is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Miao/Hmong.