Highlands is a tiny town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 982 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Highlands is the 408th largest community in North Carolina.
Highlands home prices are not only among the most expensive in North Carolina, but Highlands real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Highlands is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 93.05% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Highlands is a town of managers, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Highlands who work in management occupations (23.77%), sales jobs (13.71%), and maintenance occupations (10.97%).
Of important note, Highlands is also a town of artists. Highlands has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Highlands’s character.
A relatively large number of people in Highlands telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 10.08% 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.
Another notable thing is that Highlands is an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the town’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially quieter place to live.
The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Highlands has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Highlands a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Highlands spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 11.72 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the town are less than they would otherwise be.
Being a small town, Highlands does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.
The citizens of Highlands are among the most well-educated in the nation: 46.53% of adults in Highlands have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Highlands in 2018 was $44,429, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $177,716 for a family of four. However, Highlands contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Highlands is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Highlands home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Highlands residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Highlands include English, German, Irish, Italian, and Scots-Irish.
The most common language spoken in Highlands is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Miao/Hmong.