Maplewood is a medium-sized township located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 25,220 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Maplewood is the 71st largest community in New Jersey. Maplewood has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic townships 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.
Of important note, Maplewood is also a township 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: 17.06% 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", 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, Maplewood is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Maplewood 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 township’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Maplewood has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Maplewood’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
In Maplewood, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 36.17 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. In addition, the township is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the township are by private automobile, Maplewood is somewhat unusual for a township of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Maplewood area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
If knowledge is power, Maplewood is a pretty powerful place. 68.77% of the adults in Maplewood 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 Maplewood in 2018 was $68,571, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $274,284 for a family of four.
Maplewood is an extremely ethnically-diverse township. 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, Italian, Haitian, German, and English.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Maplewood's cultural character, accounting for 20.67% of the township’s population.
The most common language spoken in Maplewood is English. Other important languages spoken here include French and Spanish.