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 25,211 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". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

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.

One downside of living in Maplewood, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 38.01 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.

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.

If knowledge is power, Maplewood is a pretty powerful place. 62.80% 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 2018 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.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Maplewood's cultural character, accounting for 17.69% of the town’s population.

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