Scotch Plains is a medium-sized town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 24,221 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Scotch Plains is the 81st largest community in New Jersey.
Housing costs in Scotch Plains are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in New Jersey.
Scotch Plains is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 88.84% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Scotch Plains is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Scotch Plains who work in management occupations (16.78%), sales jobs (10.29%), and business and financial occupations (9.82%).
Also of interest is that Scotch Plains has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
A relatively large number of people in Scotch Plains telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.58% 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, Scotch Plains 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.
Because of many things, Scotch Plains is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Scotch Plains a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Scotch Plains has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Scotch Plains’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
In Scotch Plains, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 35.96 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.
For the size of the town, public transportation in Scotch Plains is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For Scotch Plains, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
If knowledge is power, Scotch Plains is a pretty powerful place. 61.04% of the adults in Scotch Plains have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Scotch Plains in 2018 was $60,896, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $243,584 for a family of four.
Scotch Plains is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Scotch Plains home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Scotch Plains residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Scotch Plains include Italian, Irish, German, Polish, and English.
Scotch Plains also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 15.79%.
The most common language spoken in Scotch Plains is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.