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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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population4,900
Male Share of the Population53.6%
Female Share of the Population46.4%
Senior Citizens15.6%
Employed Population 16+2,774
Age of the Population50

Families

% of people married42.8%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher32.5%
Median Earnings25+$46,436
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$33,357
Median Earnings With High School Degree$40,221

Wealth

Median Family Income$82,472
% Above Poverty Level89.4%
% Below Poverty Level10.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time37 minutes
% Working from Home4.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.3%
% Using Public Transportation15.1%

Housing

People Living Alone44.5%
Median Gross Rent$1,149
Median House Value$244,700

Ancestry

Irish38.5%
Italian22.2%
German20.3%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)12.6%
English5.9%
Polish4.3%
Hungarian2.9%
French Except Basque2%
Swedish2%
Russian2%
Serbian1.7%
Canadian1.2%
Scottish1%
Greek0.9%
Slovak0.9%
Dutch0.7%
Swiss0.4%
Ukrainian0.4%
Austrian0.4%
Belgian0.4%
Lithuanian0.4%
Portuguese0.3%
Czech0.3%
Norwegian0.2%
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Highlands Almanac

CategoryValue
County Monmouth County
Standard Zip Codes7732
Phone Area Codes732
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.4
Approximate Longitude-73.99

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)

StationSANDY HOOK
Distance3.2 miles
Jan Temp26 to 38 F
Apr Temp42 to 58 F
Jul Temp68 to 83 F
Oct Temp49 to 64 F
Annual Precip43.5 inches
StationLONG BRANCH OAKHURST
Distance9.5 miles
Jan Temp23 to 41 F
Apr Temp40 to 59 F
Jul Temp66 to 83 F
Oct Temp45 to 65 F
Annual Precip48.6 inches
StationNY WESTERLEIGH STAT IS
Distance17.2 miles
Jan Temp25 to 40 F
Apr Temp42 to 62 F
Jul Temp67 to 86 F
Oct Temp47 to 66 F
Annual Precip48.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Atlantic Highlands4,318$113,472
Fair Haven6,033$180,509
Monmouth Beach3,249$140,431
Red Bank12,218$74,771
Rumson6,878$165,268
Sea Bright1,333$101,964

Highlands Public Schools

Highlands Elementary School
360 Navesink Avenue, Hwy #36
ZIP: 7732
(732) 872-1476
Primary
Total Enrollment 170
Henry Hudson Regional School
1 Grand Tour
ZIP: 7732
(732) 872-0900
High
Total Enrollment 312
Marine Academy Of Science And Technology
305 Mast Way
ZIP: 7732
(732) 291-0995
High
Total Enrollment 294
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