Highland Lake is a very small town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 4,933 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Highland Lake is the 325th largest community in New Jersey.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Highland Lake is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Highland Lake is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Highland Lake who work in office and administrative support (14.17%), management occupations (9.95%), and sales jobs (9.35%).
Because of many things, Highland Lake is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Highland Lake really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Highland Lake perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
One downside of living in Highland Lake is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Highland Lake, the average commute to work is 40.22 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
Even though Highland Lake is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the bus for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.
The overall education level of Highland Lake citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 30.34% of adults in Highland Lake have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.
The per capita income in Highland Lake in 2010 was $31,254, which is lower middle income relative to New Jersey, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $125,016 for a family of four. However, Highland Lake contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Highland Lake home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Highland Lake residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Highland Lake include Irish, German, Polish, and French .
The most common language spoken in Highland Lake is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.