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

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.

In Maplewood, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 38.22 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.

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 like to read, write and learn? If you move to Maplewood, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Maplewood is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 63.36% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 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.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Maplewood's cultural character, accounting for 19.37% of the town’s population.

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