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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    A-
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$353,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,315
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    58%
  • Own
    42%

Highland Park Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
A-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    0
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    0
    41
  • Robbery
    7
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    188
    500
  • Theft
    1,025
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    35
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$67,829
National
$55,322
Children
21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    40%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    26%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    15%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    15%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%
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Highland Park consistently tries to improve and takes advantage of a strong volunteer community. It is ethnically, racially and economically diverse, resulting in a rich community culture. It is very walkable and continually adds to it walking and biking infrastructure, and neighborhoods are within 1/2-1 mile of the New Brunswick train station. It has very good public schools supported by a high school district tax and little state aid. It has a nice and improving downtown, good restaurants, a growing arts sector and many community activities. It's proximity to New Brunswick also provides many very high quality arts, entertainment and eating opportunities.
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Highland park is a perfect location for college students! Within this suburb are many dine in and take out restaurants, affordable housing, and many convenient stores. As a Rutgers undergraduate AND graduate student, I could not think of living anywhere else during my college years! :)
Highland Park, NJ is a very quiet town. The residents tend to be a tad prejudice. This may be due to the lack of diversity in this suburb. Typically people don't like what the don't understand or aren't accustomed to. Unfortunately, this outward prejudice is no secret it is widely spoken about in the local store front establishments. Aside from that blemish, the town is cute and quaint. There is a heavy police presence so you tend to feel safe and at ease. The religious community is predominantly Jewish. There are a small number of open fields and parks. Conclusively, Highland Park is the essential family town.