Highlands, NC
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Highlands is a tiny town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 969 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 91.85% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Highlands is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Highlands who work in management occupations (20.60%), sales jobs (15.02%), and personal care services (12.02%).

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 9.37% 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 12.64 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 small town, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

Highlands is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 44.90% of adults in Highlands have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Highlands in 2010 was $51,115, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $204,460 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 English, German, Irish, Scots-Irish, and Scottish.

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


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