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.

Housing costs in Scotch Plains are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in New Jersey.

Scotch Plains is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 92.32% 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 (15.04%), sales jobs (13.55%), and office and administrative support (13.44%).

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.

Of important note, Scotch Plains is also a town of artists. Scotch Plains has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Scotch Plains’s character.

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.

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 33.52 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. 52.73% 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 $53,374, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $213,496 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.

Scotch Plains also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 17.46%.

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