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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 24,676 people and four constituent 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.

Scotch Plains is a decidedly white-collar township, with fully 89.61% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Scotch Plains is a township of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Scotch Plains who work in management occupations (20.77%), sales jobs (9.72%), and teaching (9.21%).

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.

Of important note, Scotch Plains is also a township of artists. Scotch Plains has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Scotch Plains’s character.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 13.00% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.

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 is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Scotch Plains, the average commute to work is 35.18 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the township, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

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.

If knowledge is power, Scotch Plains is a pretty powerful place. 61.06% of the adults in Scotch Plains have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Scotch Plains in 2018 was $63,118, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $252,472 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 11.31% of the township’s residents. 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 (18.26%).

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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