Interlaken is a tiny coastal borough (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 817 people and just one neighborhood, Interlaken is the 478th largest community in New Jersey. Interlaken has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic boroughs.
Real Estate Prices
Interlaken home prices are not only among the most expensive in New Jersey, but Interlaken real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Occupations and Workforce
Interlaken is a decidedly white-collar borough, with fully 97.01% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Interlaken is a borough of managers, sales and office workers and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Interlaken who work in management occupations (25.87%), sales jobs (19.40%) and office and administrative support (8.71%).
Of important note, Interlaken is also a borough of artists. Interlaken has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Interlaken’s character.
Also of interest is that Interlaken 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: 9.80% 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.
Setting & Lifestyle
In addition, Interlaken is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.
Because of many things, Interlaken is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Interlaken 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, Interlaken has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Interlaken’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
Interlaken 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.
In Interlaken, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.58 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.
In Interlaken, a lot of people use the bus to get to work every day though Interlaken is a relatively small borough. Those that ride the bus are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.