Highland Lakes, NJ Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Highland Lakes, New Jersey - Basic Facts

The Highland Lakes Census Designated Place had a population of 5,023 as of July 1, 2017. Highland Lakes ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in New Jersey. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Highland Lakes is located at latitude 41.1706 and longitude -74.4632 in Sussex County. The formal boundaries for the Highland Lakes Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.32 sq. miles and a water area of 0.67 sq. miles. Sussex County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,283 feet.

The Highland Lakes Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2389926) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of ""

The Highland Lakes Census Designated Place is located within Township of Vernon, a minor civil division (MCD) of Sussex County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Highland Lakes population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Highland Lakes: Highland Lake.

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Highland Lakes, NJ Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 5,023
Daytime Population: Workers 245
Daytime Population: Residents 2,118
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 2,363
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.47
Population in Households 5,023
Population in Familes 4,368
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 1,163
Diversity Index3 20


Median Household Income $78,368
Average Household Income $91,690
Per Capita Income $34,127


Total Housing Units 2,376 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,754 (73.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 153 ( 6.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 469 (19.7%)
Median Home Value $246,479
Average Home Value $269,498


Total Households 1,907
Average Household Size 2.63
Family Households 1,434
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.25% -0.21%
Households 0.22% -0.25%
Families 0.53% -0.25%
Median Household Income   1.59%
Per Capita Income   2.4%

Highland Lakes, NJ - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Highland Lakes to the other 545 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New Jersey by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 258 53rd
Population Density # 410 25th
Diversity Index # 445 19th
Median Household Income # 273 50th
Per Capita Income # 342 37th

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