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Overview

Introduction to Highlands, New Jersey

Highlands, New Jersey, in Monmouth county, is 6 miles E of Middletown, New Jersey (center to center) and 23 miles S of New York, New York. The town has a population of 5,097.

Highlands History

This region was originally home to a number of American Indian tribes. Giovanni de Verrazano was the first explorer to visit in 1525. Over the 17th and 18th century, Dutch traders established professional relationships with the Navesink Indians. In 1664, English settlers formed the community of "Portland". Gradually, more land was purchased from the Indians and a large community was established. On March 22, 1900, Highlands was incorporated from portions of the Middletown Township. The area served as the setting for James Fenimore Cooper's work, "Water Witch". Highlands is also the hometown of comic book writer, film maker, and director, Kevin Smith.

Highlands and Nearby Attractions

  • Navesink Twin Lights
  • Monmouth Battlefield
  • Ocean Historical Museum
  • Gateway National Recreation Area
  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden
  • Allaire State Park

Things To Do In Highlands

Ocean Historical Museum, Monmouth Museum, Vietnam Era Educational Center, and Longstreet Farm have artifacts and memorabilia reflecting the natural and cultural heritage of the region. Monmouth Battlefield, where the 1778 Revolutionary War battle occurred, is a historic site nearby. Navesink Twin Lights, which is currently a non-operational lighthouse and museum, is located in Highlands. This site is part of the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The town also includes part of the Gateway National Recreation Area, a 26,607-acre area that provides opportunities for ocean swimming, boating, hiking, bird watching, and camping. The community also celebrates the ClamFest in August every year.

Highlands Transportation

Air transportation is available from the John F Kennedy International Airport.

Highlands Higher Education

Nearby colleges include the Monmouth University, Brookdale Community College, and CUNY Kingsborough Community College.

People

Total Population 4,985
Male Share of the Population 52%
Female Share of the Population 48%
Senior Citizens 11.7%
Employed Population 16+ 2,780
Age of the Population 45

Families

% of people married 47.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 42%
Median Earnings25+ $51,631
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,739
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,902

Wealth

Median Family Income $86,957
% Above Poverty Level 84.3%
% Below Poverty Level 15.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 38 minutes
% Working from Home 4.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4%
% Using Public Transportation 15%

Housing

People Living Alone 43.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,192
Median House Value $264,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.3%
US/American 0.5%
English 5.4%
Irish 37.6%

Highlands Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles E of Middletown, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 23 miles S of New York, New York
County Monmouth
Standard Zip Codes 07732
Phone Area Codes 732
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.403
Longitude -73.991

Highlands Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station SANDY HOOK
Distance 3.2 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 38 F
Apr Temp 42 to 58 F
Jul Temp 68 to 83 F
Oct Temp 49 to 64 F
Annual Precip 43.5 inches
Station LONG BRANCH OAKHURST
Distance 9.5 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 41 F
Apr Temp 40 to 59 F
Jul Temp 66 to 83 F
Oct Temp 45 to 65 F
Annual Precip 48.6 inches
Station NY WESTERLEIGH STAT IS
Distance 17.2 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 40 F
Apr Temp 42 to 62 F
Jul Temp 67 to 86 F
Oct Temp 47 to 66 F
Annual Precip 48.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Highlands, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Fort Hancock (07732)

Gateway National Recreation (07732)

Monmouth Hills (07732)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Atlantic Highlands 4,357 $113,472
Fair Haven 6,093 $164,347
Monmouth Beach 3,278 $120,625
Red Bank 12,250 $70,938
Rumson 7,045 $191,625
Sea Bright 1,349 $89,808
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Highlands High Schools

HENRY HUDSON REG SCHOOL
1 GRAND TOUR
732-872-0900
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 467 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.3

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