Formed on March 19, 1857 and covering 105 square miles, Union County, NJ has evolved into one of the most ethnically diverse counties in New Jersey with a population of 536,499 as of the 2010 Census. The city of Elizabeth is the county seat and New Jersey’s third largest city. Union County ranks 93rd among the highest income counties in the United States with a median income of just over $67,000.
Residents of our Union County, NJ Apartments will enjoy an easy commute to New York City’s Penn Station (30-50 minutes via NJ Transit train from Rahway, Linden, Elizabeth or North Elizabeth) and New Jersey beaches are just a short drive away. Garden State Parkway Exits 135-142 are in Union County, along with exits 13 and 13A of the New Jersey Turnpike.
New Jersey Monthly ranked six Union County high schools among the top 50 in New Jersey in 2010. They are New Providence (5), Cranford (13), Governor Livingston of Berkeley Heights, Summit (25), Jonathan Dayton of Springfield (40) and Westfield (41). Garden Communities has also compiled a most recent list of top rated elementary, middle and high schools in Union County in our most recent blog post. A list of all Union County schools, administrators and contact information, is available online. Union County is also home to Kean University and Union County College.
With 36 parks spanning 6,768 acres, Union County offers plenty of woodlands and open spaces for everything from sports and picnics to a casual stroll through a garden. Trailside Nature & Science Center, Ash Brook and Galloping Hill Golf Courses and Warinanco Ice Skating Rink are on the “must visit” lists of thousands of Union County residents.
Popular Union County restaurants include Roots Steakhouse in Summit, A Toute Heure in Cranford and Boulevard Five 72 in Kenilworth. For shopping, you can’t beat Jersey Gardens, New Jersey’s largest outlet mall.
To learn more about what Union County has to offer, from community events to local government, visit the official website of the County of Union, NJ.