Short Hills, NJ
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Short Hills is a somewhat small town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 13,446 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Short Hills is the 151st largest community in New Jersey.

Short Hills home prices are not only among the most expensive in New Jersey, but Short Hills real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Short Hills is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 97.79% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Short Hills is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Short Hills who work in management occupations (21.57%), sales jobs (14.15%), and business and financial occupations (11.39%).

Also of interest is that Short Hills has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 10.74% 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, Short Hills 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, Short Hills is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Short Hills 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, Short Hills has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Short Hills’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

In Short Hills, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 38.27 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

Even though Short Hills is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the train for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Short Hills, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Short Hills is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 90.92% 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 Short Hills in 2010 was $111,297, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $445,188 for a family of four.

Short Hills is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Short Hills home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Short Hills residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Short Hills include Russian, Irish, German, and English.

In addition, Short Hills has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (18.13%).

The most common language spoken in Short Hills is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Langs. of India.



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