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 97.99% 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 (21.61%), sales jobs (15.20%), and business and financial occupations (10.97%).

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.

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

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.44% 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", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

Short Hills 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 town’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, Short Hills’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One downside of living in Short Hills, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 36.99 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.

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.

If knowledge is power, Short Hills is a pretty powerful place. 89.95% of the adults in Short Hills 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 Short Hills in 2010 was $109,272, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $437,088 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 Italian, Irish, German, and Polish.

Short Hills also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 17.47%.

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

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