Scotch Plains, NJ
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Scotch Plains is a medium-sized town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 24,149 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 93.03% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Scotch Plains is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Scotch Plains who work in management occupations (15.13%), office and administrative support (14.62%), and sales jobs (11.76%).

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.

In addition, Scotch Plains is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

In Scotch Plains, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 34.62 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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Scotch Plains use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Scotch Plains‘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 have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Scotch Plains. 55.96% 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 Scotch Plains in 2010 was $52,954, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $211,816 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 Irish, German, Polish, and English.

In addition, Scotch Plains has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (15.56%).

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