Scotch Plains, NJ
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Living in Scotch Plains


Scotch Plains is a medium-sized town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 24,351 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Scotch Plains is the 81st largest community in New Jersey.

Scotch Plains home prices are not only among the most expensive in New Jersey, but Scotch Plains real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Scotch Plains is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 91.89% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Scotch Plains is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Scotch Plains who work in management occupations (16.72%), office and administrative support (11.11%), and sales jobs (10.60%).

Also of interest is that Scotch Plains has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

A relatively large number of people in Scotch Plains telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.22% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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, Scotch Plains 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.

Scotch Plains 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 town’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, Scotch Plains’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One downside of living in Scotch Plains is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Scotch Plains, the average commute to work is 35.65 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

For the size of the town, public transportation in Scotch Plains is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For Scotch Plains, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

If knowledge is power, Scotch Plains is a pretty powerful place. 56.24% of the adults in Scotch Plains 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 Scotch Plains in 2010 was $56,722, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $226,888 for a family of four.

Scotch Plains is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Scotch Plains home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Scotch Plains residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Scotch Plains include Italian, Irish, German, Polish, and English.

Scotch Plains also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 15.99%.

The most common language spoken in Scotch Plains is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.