Highlands, NC
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Highlands is a tiny town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 937 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 87.97% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Highlands is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Highlands who work in sales jobs (18.35%), management occupations (16.46%), and teaching (9.07%).

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: 12.31% 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 an extremely popular vacation destination. A significant portion of the population is seasonal. During the vacation season, the town experiences a large influx of people who take up residence in second homes they own in the area. As the vacation season ends, the population drops again, leaving behind a substantially quieter and smaller town.

The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Highlands has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Highlands a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

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 11.57 minutes getting to work every day.

As is often the case in a small town, Highlands doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Highlands, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Highlands is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 55.59% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Highlands in 2010 was $47,890, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $191,560 for a family of four.

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 Italian.

The most common language spoken in Highlands is English. Other important languages spoken here include Miao/Hmong and Slavic languages.

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