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.

A relatively large number of people in Short Hills telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.44% 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, 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.

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 is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Short Hills, the average commute to work is 36.99 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.

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 89.95% 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 $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.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Short Hills's cultural character, accounting for 17.47% of the town’s population.

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

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