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". 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.
One downside of living in Scotch Plains, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 34.62 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.
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 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 55.96% 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 $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.
Scotch Plains also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 15.56%.
The most common language spoken in Scotch Plains is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.