Highlands, New Jersey

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Highlands, New Jersey

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.

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High Points

Highlands strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in New Jersey):

Category Trophy
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Highlands Well-Paid Single Men
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Highlands Well-Paid Single Women
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Highlands Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Highlands, New Jersey

Comparing Highlands to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in New Jersey (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Well-Paid Single Men 10 9
Well-Paid Single Women 10 8
Male Share of the Population 9 9
Age of the Population 7 6
Racial Diversity 5 3
Senior Citizens 3 4
Female Share of the Population 2 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 1 1
Average Household Size 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 7 5
People in Middle Class or Better 6 3
Median Family Income 6 2
People Above Poverty 4 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 8
Walking and Biking to Work 8 8
Working at Home 7 6
Short Commute Times 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 10 10
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 10 9
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 9
Housing Recently Built 4 7
Affordability of Rents 3 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 8 6
Low Violent Crime 5 4

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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

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
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
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
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
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Highlands Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,097 100%
Male 2,554 50.1%
Female 2,543 49.9%
Under 18 957 18.8%
18+ 4,140 81.2%
65+ 576 11.3%
Median Age 38.6
Average Family Size 2.9
White 4,847 95.1%
African-American 81 1.6%
Asian 51 1%
American Indian & Alaskan 17 0.3%
Other 30 0.6%
Mixed Race 71 1.4%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 207 4.1%

Estimated Highlands Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 4,998
Growth -99
Growth % -1.9%

Highlands Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Irish 27.4%
Italian 18.6%
German 10.6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.5%
Polish 6.2%
English 3.1%
Portuguese 2.3%
US/American 2.3%
Swedish 2%
Scottish 1.8%
Russian 1.7%
British 1.4%
Scotch-Irish 1.4%
Dutch 1.3%
Greek 1.3%
Welsh 1.2%
Norwegian 1.1%
Lebanese 1.1%
Hungarian 1%
Lithuanian 0.8%
Belgian 0.7%
European 0.6%
French (except Basque) 0.6%
Ukrainian 0.5%
Canadian 0.4%
Czech 0.4%
Slovak 0.3%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
French Canadian 0.2%
Latvian 0.2%
Iranian 0.2%
Cypriot 0.2%
Eastern European 0.2%
Brazilian 0.2%
Armenian 0.2%
Romanian 0.2%
Danish 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
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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 Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Highlands 5,097 $50,985
Atlantic Highlands 4,705 $79,044
Fair Haven 5,937 $109,760
Monmouth Beach 3,595 $93,401
Red Bank 11,844 $63,333
Rumson 7,137 $140,668
Sea Bright 1,818 $72,031
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Serves 467 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.3

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