Atlantic Highlands, NJ
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Atlantic Highlands is a very small coastal borough (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 4,311 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Atlantic Highlands is the 346th largest community in New Jersey.

Housing costs in Atlantic Highlands are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in New Jersey.

Atlantic Highlands is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Atlantic Highlands is a borough of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Atlantic Highlands who work in sales jobs (14.42%), office and administrative support (13.94%), and management occupations (9.30%).

Also of interest is that Atlantic Highlands has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Of important note, Atlantic Highlands is also a borough of artists. Atlantic Highlands has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Atlantic Highlands’s character.

A relatively large number of people in Atlantic Highlands telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.64% 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.

Because of many things, Atlantic Highlands is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Atlantic Highlands a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The borough’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Atlantic Highlands has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Atlantic Highlands’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

Atlantic Highlands is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

Even though Atlantic Highlands is a smaller borough, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly a ferryboat for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

The education level of Atlantic Highlands ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Atlantic Highlands, 48.66% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Atlantic Highlands in 2010 was $40,418, which is upper middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $161,672 for a family of four.

The people who call Atlantic Highlands home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Atlantic Highlands residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Atlantic Highlands include German, Italian, English, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Atlantic Highlands is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.

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