Maplewood, NJ
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Living in Maplewood


Maplewood is a medium-sized town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 25,359 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Maplewood is the 78th largest community in New Jersey. Maplewood has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.

Maplewood home prices are not only among the most expensive in New Jersey, but Maplewood real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Maplewood is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 89.36% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Maplewood is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Maplewood who work in management occupations (16.01%), sales jobs (10.64%), and business and financial occupations (9.01%).

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

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

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.63% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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, Maplewood 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, Maplewood 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, Maplewood really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Maplewood 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.

In Maplewood, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 37.68 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 addition, the town is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

For the size of the town, public transportation in Maplewood is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For Maplewood, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Maplewood. 61.21% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Maplewood in 2018 was $60,331, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $241,324 for a family of four.

Maplewood is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Maplewood home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Maplewood residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Maplewood include Irish, Haitian, Italian, German, and English.

Maplewood also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 19.10%.

The most common language spoken in Maplewood is English. Other important languages spoken here include French and Spanish.