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 24,575 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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.22% 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, Scotch Plains 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.

Because of many things, Scotch Plains is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Scotch Plains a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Scotch Plains has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local 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.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Scotch Plains. 56.24% 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 $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.

In addition, Scotch Plains has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (15.99%).

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