Short Hills, NJ
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Living in Short Hills


Short Hills is a somewhat small town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 14,422 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Short Hills is the 135th largest community in New Jersey.

Short Hills home prices are not only among the most expensive in New Jersey, but Short Hills real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Short Hills is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 96.90% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Short Hills is a town of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Short Hills who work in management occupations (26.47%), business and financial occupations (12.88%), and legal occupations (10.77%).

Also of interest is that Short Hills 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 Short Hills telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 23.16% 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, Short Hills 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, Short Hills is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Short Hills really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Short Hills perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

One downside of living in Short Hills, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 39.60 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Even though Short Hills is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the train for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

If knowledge is power, Short Hills is a pretty powerful place. 89.43% of the adults in Short Hills 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 Short Hills in 2018 was $128,558, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $514,232 for a family of four.

Short Hills is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Short Hills home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Short Hills residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Short Hills include Italian, Irish, Polish, Eastern European, and German.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Short Hills's cultural character, accounting for 27.31% of the town’s population.

The most common language spoken in Short Hills is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Langs. of India.