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 90.52% 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 (16.83%), teaching (10.42%), and office and administrative support (9.85%).

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 8.80% 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", 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.

One downside of living in Scotch Plains, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 36.10 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Scotch Plains is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Scotch Plains area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Scotch Plains. 58.85% 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 $60,857, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $243,428 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: 15.90%.

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