Highland Lake, NJ
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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, Highland Lake isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Highland Lake are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Highland Lake is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Highland Lake who work in office and administrative support (15.25%), management occupations (8.67%), and sales jobs (8.45%).

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

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

Because of many things, Highland Lake is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Highland Lake 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 town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Highland Lake has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Highland Lake’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

In Highland Lake, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 41.14 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 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 is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 27.89% of adults 25 and older in the town have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Highland Lake in 2010 was $34,435, which is middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $137,740 for a family of four. However, Highland Lake contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Highland Lake is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. 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 Native American. Important ancestries of people in Highland Lake include Italian, German, Polish, and French .

The most common language spoken in Highland Lake is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.

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