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 24,133 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 92.25% 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 (16.54%), office and administrative support (12.26%), and sales jobs (11.37%).

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: 8.01% 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". 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.

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 ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

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 35.31 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.

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 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 57.40% 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 $53,765, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $215,060 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.

In addition, Scotch Plains has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (15.19%).

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