Maplewood is a medium-sized town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 25,211 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Maplewood is the 78th largest community in New Jersey. Maplewood has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns.
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 92.29% 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 (13.59%), sales jobs (11.76%), and office and administrative support (9.59%).
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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.29% 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, Maplewood is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.
In Maplewood, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 38.22 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.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Maplewood is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Maplewood area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
If knowledge is power, Maplewood is a pretty powerful place. 63.36% of the adults in Maplewood have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Maplewood in 2010 was $57,549, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $230,196 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, Italian, German, Haitian, and English.
In addition, Maplewood has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (19.37%).
The most common language spoken in Maplewood is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.