Maplewood, NJ
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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 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 90.15% 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 (15.63%), sales jobs (10.36%), and business and financial occupations (9.35%).

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.

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.

Maplewood is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Maplewood’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One downside of living in Maplewood is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Maplewood, the average commute to work is 38.01 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. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly town. Many of Maplewood’s neighborhoods are dense enough 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. 62.80% 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 2010 was $59,048, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $236,192 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 (17.69%).

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