Maplewood, NJ
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Maplewood is a medium-sized town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 24,700 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 89.47% 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 (13.19%), sales jobs (10.68%), and teaching (9.64%).

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.

One downside of living in Maplewood, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 36.70 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.

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. 60.85% 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 $53,226, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $212,904 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 Italian, German, English, and Polish.

Maplewood also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 20.22%.

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