Spring Lake is a very small coastal borough (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 2,992 people and just one neighborhood, Spring Lake is the 390th largest community in New Jersey. Much of the housing stock in Spring Lake was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic boroughs in the country.
Real Estate Prices
Spring Lake home prices are not only among the most expensive in New Jersey, but Spring Lake real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Occupations and Workforce
Spring Lake is a decidedly white-collar borough, with fully 89.95% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Spring Lake is a borough of professionals, sales and office workers and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Spring Lake who work in management occupations (17.04%), sales jobs (16.01%) and office and administrative support (10.73%).
A relatively large number of people in Spring Lake telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 14.52% 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.
Setting & Lifestyle
Another notable thing is that Spring Lake is an extremely popular vacation destination. A significant portion of the population is seasonal. During the vacation season, the borough experiences a large influx of people who take up residence in second homes they own in the area. As the vacation season ends, the population drops again, leaving behind a substantially quieter and smaller borough.
In addition, Spring Lake 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.
Because of many things, Spring Lake is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Spring Lake really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Spring Lake perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
Spring Lake is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
One downside of living in Spring Lake, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 34.61 minutes every day commuting to work.