Highlands, NC
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Living in Highlands


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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 10.08% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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 a major vacation destination. Much of the town’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Highlands’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much 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.

One of the benefits of Highlands is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 11.72 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

Highlands is a small town, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

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.


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