Maplewood is a medium-sized township located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 25,373 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Maplewood is the 71st 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 townships.
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.
Of important note, Maplewood is also a township 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: 17.06% 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 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.
Maplewood is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The township’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Maplewood’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
One downside of living in Maplewood is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Maplewood, the average commute to work is 36.17 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the township, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly township. Many of Maplewood’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the township are by private automobile, Maplewood is somewhat unusual for a township 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. 68.77% 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 $68,571, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $274,284 for a family of four.
Maplewood is an extremely ethnically-diverse township. 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, Haitian, German, and English.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Maplewood's cultural character, accounting for 20.67% of the township’s population.
The most common language spoken in Maplewood is English. Other important languages spoken here include French and Spanish.