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  6. Diversity
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  7. Jobs
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Highland Park is a suburb of New York City with a population of 14,250. Highland Park is in Middlesex County and is one of the best places to live in New Jersey. Living in Highland Park offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Highland Park there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Highland Park and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Highland Park are highly rated.
About Highland Park...
Population
14,250

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$360,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,376
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    58%
  • Own
    42%
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Highland Park Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    21
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    161
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,063.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    77
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    39%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    29%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    15%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    13%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%

Working in Highland Park

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$75,913
National
$55,322
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Highland Park Reviews

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Highland Park is a very nice, small, and quiet town. There are a whole host of small local shops on one main road. It has a great selection of food, a nice school district, and is extremely safe. In the seasons it's lovely and has two large parks. The main issues are that it's extremely expensive to live there. Owning any property results in high property taxes as well. This means that this area is a bit limited to those that make a higher income. Outside of it, it has a very centralized location, next to New Brunswick and Edison that have a whole host of their own unique shops. Highland Park is a very nice place as a residential area, but it'd be best to work outside of it.
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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.
Highland Park is a great town to live in if you are a young graduate couple or young family. The town has lots of events and access to great parks. The downtown main street area has unique stores and interesting restaurants. There is a lot of variety in terms of cuisine available. The town also does a great job of trying to promote sustainability and supporting local businesses. It is hard to find chain restaurants here which is a bonus. The old empty retail buildings could be upgraded quickly and the town could be better in terms of diversity.