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.
A relatively large number of people in Highlands telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.95% 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.
Another notable thing is that Highlands is an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the town’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially quieter place to live.
Residents will find that the town is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Highlands is worth considering.
One of the benefits of Highlands is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 12.46 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
Highlands is a very car-oriented town. 79.69% of residents commute to work in a private automobile rather than by other means, such as public transit, bicycling, or walking. This is because Highlands is a small town , and most people who live here have to drive out of town for work, and the town population is not large nor dense enough to support an extensive public transportation system. Highlands has a lot of rural roads, and houses can be far apart. Many residents drive out of town for regular shopping trips as well.
As is often the case in a small town, Highlands doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.
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.