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  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
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  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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Highland Park is a suburb of New York City with a population of 13,992. 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 suburban mix 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
13,992

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$362,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,427
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
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
    42.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    7.1
    6.1
  • Rape
    0
    40.7
  • Robbery
    7.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    143
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,007.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    35.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    19%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    39%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    30%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    15%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    12%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Working in Highland Park

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$80,846
National
$55,322
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The town of Highland Park demonstrates a tremendous balance between intellect, diversity, and community involvement. Its residents take pride in being part of such a unique environment, and its students embrace people of all races, cultures, and religions. Living in Highland Park has its expenses, but the public schools provide tremendous education in a safe learning environment. I have lived in Highland Park my entire life, and I have found that the majority of the community does take part in services, and nobody can get around that. Highland Park's best feature is that anybody in the community can go anywhere considering the entire town is walking distance.
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It's okay but really small. Businesses and schools have a hard time thriving due to an extremely limited customer base. There are not many community events as a result as well. Public facilities are in need of improvement. The one park is located far away on the south side, the library is desolate and has a leaky roof, no public recreation facilities or pools. Don't get me wrong- Highland Park is by no means a bad town. It's a nice place to live if you enjoy a quiet, suburb-like neighborhood. But for others, the lack of opportunities and community development can be problematic.
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.