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Scotch Plains, NJ
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Living in Scotch Plains

Scotch Plains is a medium-sized township located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 24,496 people and four associated neighborhoods, Scotch Plains is the 76th 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.

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 23.25% 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". 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.

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 township’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 33.72 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 township are by private automobile, Scotch Plains is somewhat unusual for a township 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 67.48% 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 2018 was $80,716, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $322,864 for a family of four.

Scotch Plains is an extremely ethnically-diverse township. 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 Asian. Scotch Plains also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.60% of the township’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Scotch Plains include Italian, Irish, Polish, German, and English.

In addition, Scotch Plains has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (16.70%).

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

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