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 4,351 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Atlantic Highlands is the 346th largest community in New Jersey. Atlantic Highlands has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic boroughs in the country.
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, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Atlantic Highlands who work in management occupations (17.28%), sales jobs (14.98%), and healthcare (8.62%).
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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.85% 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.
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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
One downside of living in Atlantic Highlands is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Atlantic Highlands, the average commute to work is 32.38 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the borough, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
Despite being a small borough, Atlantic Highlands has a lot of people using the bus to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the bus are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.
The education level of Atlantic Highlands ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Atlantic Highlands, 49.76% 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 2018 was $58,475, 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 $233,900 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 Asian. Important ancestries of people in Atlantic Highlands include Irish, German, Italian, English, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Atlantic Highlands is English. Other important languages spoken here include German/Yiddish and Portuguese.