Maplewood is a medium-sized town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 25,359 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Maplewood is the 78th largest community in New Jersey. Much of the housing stock in Maplewood was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.
Maplewood home prices are not only among the most expensive in New Jersey, but Maplewood real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Maplewood is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 89.36% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Maplewood is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Maplewood who work in management occupations (16.01%), sales jobs (10.64%), and business and financial occupations (9.01%).
Of important note, Maplewood is also a town of artists. Maplewood has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Maplewood’s character.
Also of interest is that Maplewood has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.63% 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.
In addition, Maplewood is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.
Maplewood 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, Maplewood’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
One downside of living in Maplewood is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Maplewood, the average commute to work is 37.68 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. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly town. Many of Maplewood’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.
For the size of the town, public transportation in Maplewood is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For Maplewood, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Maplewood, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Maplewood is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 61.21% 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 Maplewood in 2018 was $60,331, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $241,324 for a family of four.
Maplewood is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Maplewood home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Maplewood residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Maplewood include Irish, Haitian, Italian, German, and English.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Maplewood's cultural character, accounting for 19.10% of the town’s population.
The most common language spoken in Maplewood is English. Other important languages spoken here include French and Spanish.