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. Maplewood has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns.

Housing costs in Maplewood are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in New Jersey.

Maplewood is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 90.44% 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 (13.75%), office and administrative support (10.90%), and business and financial occupations (10.36%).

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 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.

In Maplewood, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 36.05 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.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Maplewood. 62.30% 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 $52,370, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $209,480 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.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Maplewood's cultural character, accounting for 19.94% of the town’s population.

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