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 4,954 as of July 1, 2016. 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, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Highland Lakes: Highland Lake.

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Highland Lakes, NJ Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 4,954
Population in Households 4,954
Population in Familes 4,302
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 1,147
Diversity Index2 20


Total Households 1,895
Average Household Size 2.61
Family Households 1,425
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 2,396 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,745 (72.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 150 ( 6.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 501 (20.9%)
Median Home Value $242,055
Average Home Value $263,288


Median Household Income $78,317
Average Household Income $88,587
Per Capita Income $33,224
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.07% -0.09%
Households 0.15% -0.04%
Families 0.51% -0.06%
Median Household Income   1.35%
Per Capita Income   1.43%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood 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.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

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, 2016 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 # 261 52nd
Population Density1 # 413 24th
Diversity Index2 # 444 19th
Median Household Income # 270 51st
Per Capita Income # 347 37th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE New Jersey Census Data Comparison Tool.