Highlands is a tiny town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 926 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.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 12.31% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Highlands spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 11.57 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the town are less than they would otherwise be.
Being a small town, Highlands does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Highlands. 55.59% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 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 English, German, Scots-Irish, Irish, Italian and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Highlands is English. Some people also speak Miao/Hmong.
|NUMBER OF HOMES AND APARTMENTS||555|
|HIGHLANDS HOME OWNERSHIP|
|% OWNER OCCUPIED||73.61%|
|% RENTER OCCUPIED||26.39%|
|TYPE OF HIGHLANDS HOMES|
|SINGLE FAMILY DETACHED||84.07%|
|ROWHOUSES AND ATTACHED HOMES||1.35%|
|SMALL APARTMENT BUILDINGS||4.64%|
|COMPLEXES OR HIGH RISE APARTMENTS||5.51%|
|SIZE OF HIGHLANDS HOMES|
|5 OR MORE BEDROOMS||4.59%|
|AGE OF HIGHLANDS HOMES|
|NEWER HOMES (2000 OR LATER)||15.65%|
|ESTABLISHED, BUT NOT OLD HOMES (1970-1999)||48.43%|
|WELL-ESTABLISHED, OLD HOMES (1940-1969)||28.63%|
|HISTORIC (1939 OR BEFORE)||7.29%|
|HIGHLANDS REAL ESTATE INFORMATION||DETAILS|
|MEDIAN HOME VALUE||$390,478|
|MEDIAN RENTAL PRICE||$1,367|
|HOME VALUE RANGE|
|$0 - $50,000||1.44%|
|$50,001 - $99,000||0.72%|
|$99,001 - $199,000||12.71%|
|$199,001 - $298,000||12.95%|
|$298,001 - $397,000||19.66%|
|$397,001 - $496,000||8.63%|
|$496,001 - $745,000||17.27%|
|$745,001 - $993,000||9.35%|
|PEOPLE OF HIGHLANDS||DETAILS|
|UNDER 5 YEARS||1.57%|
|5 TO 17||12.01%|
|18 TO 24||4.62%|
|25 TO 34||4.53%|
|35 TO 54||20.52%|
|55 TO 64||14.79%|
|65 YEARS AND OVER||41.96%|
|EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT OF ADULTS|
|HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES||97.40%|
|MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME||$61,713|
|PER CAPITA INCOME||$47,890|
|INDIVIDUALS BELOW POVERTY LEVEL||4.68%|
|INDUSTRIES PEOPLE WORK IN||Accommodation (16.03%)
Real estate (5.06%)
Professional, scientific, and technical services (4.01%)
|BLACK OR AFRICAN AMERICAN||2.31%|
|AMERICAN INDIAN AND ALASKA NATIVE||0.00%|
|NATIVE HAWAIIAN AND OTHER PACIFIC ISLANDERS||0.00%|
|SOME OTHER RACE ALONE||0.00%|
|TWO OR MORE RACES||1.11%|
|HISPANIC OR LATINO (OF ANY RACE)||0.28%|
|ETHNICITIES PRESENT||English (17.19%)
French Canadian (2.03%)
|LANGUAGES SPOKEN||English (94.46%)
Slavic languages (1.03%)
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