Maplewood, NJ
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Maplewood is a medium-sized town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 24,825 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Maplewood is the 78th largest community in New Jersey. Much of the housing stock in Maplewood was built prior to World War II, 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 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". 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.

One downside of living in Maplewood, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 38.22 minutes every day commuting to work. It is, however, a pedestrian-friendly town. Many of its neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot. In addition, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Maplewood use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Maplewood‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the train. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Maplewood. 63.36% 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 $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.