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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.22% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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", 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.

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.

In Scotch Plains, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 35.65 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 like to read, write and learn? If you move to Scotch Plains, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Scotch Plains is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 56.24% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 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.