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. Atlantic Highlands has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic boroughs.
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.
Unlike some boroughs where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Atlantic Highlands is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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 (13.47%), management occupations (11.06%), and office and administrative support (10.57%).
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.
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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.40% 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.
In addition, Atlantic Highlands is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.
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.
One of the nice things about Atlantic Highlands is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
In Atlantic Highlands, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.45 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.
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.
Atlantic Highlands is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 49.68% of adults in Atlantic 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 Atlantic Highlands in 2010 was $45,688, 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 $182,752 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 Italian, German, English, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Atlantic Highlands is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.