Moving to Essex County, New Jersey? The first county in the United States to create a county park system, this area of New Jersey is also ranked in the top 100 counties in the U.S. for residents’ per capita income. Learn more about life in Essex County, including local schools, weather, and things to do and see.
Year Founded: 1683
Population as of 2015: 797,434
Land Area (sq. miles): 126.21
Median Age: 37
Median Household Income: $54,499
Median Home Price: $358,100
Annual Weather Averages:
- Average Temperature: 51° Fahrenheit
- Rainfall: 48 inches
- Snowfall: 25 inches
Notable Employment Facts: By 2022, Essex County is projected to add over 21,000 jobs, ranking it 5th among New Jersey counties for job growth. The fields expected to add the most jobs is healthcare and social services, but construction is expected to be the fastest‐growing in the next decade, with a 2% annual growth rate.
Major Employers: Fortune 500 companies include Prudential Financial, Automatic Data Processing and PSEG.
- Essex County Schools:
- 248 public schools serving 128,100 students
- 55 High schools, serving 41,637 students
- 48 middle schools, serving 25,073 students
- 177 elementary schools, serving 78,492 students
- 86 Pre-K schools, serving 38,948 students
- 23 charter schools, serving 12,189 students
- 113 private schools, serving 18,307 students
- 248 public schools serving 128,100 students
- Universities and Colleges:
- Berkeley College
- Bloomfield College
- Best Care Training Institute
- Caldwell University
- Eastern International College (Belleville Campus)
- Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine
- Essex County College
- Montclair State University
- New Jersey Institute of Technology
- Pillar College
- Rutgers University – Newark
- Seton Hall University
Major City: Newark, the largest city in New Jersey.
Local Radio Stations:
- WBGO (88.3 FM)
- WSIA (88.9 FM)
- WFDU (89.1 FM)
- WNYU (89.1 FM)
- WSOU (89.5 FM)
Public Transit: The New Jersey Transit supports bus lines and commuter train lines, the Newark Light Rail is completely contained within the county, the PATH train operates out of Newark and Amtrak has two stations in the county. The nearest airport is Newark Liberty International Airport.
22 County Parks, Five Reservations and Other Recreation on More Than 6,000 Acres:
- Area parks include Monte Irvin Orange Park, which features athletic fields, walking paths, a playground, and hosts free concerts in the summer, Kip’s Castle Park, which is a 9,000 sq. foot mansion that replicates a medieval castle and offers self-guided and holiday tours, the 69 acre Watsessing Park, which offers athletic fields, basketball courts, a bandstand, and a senior citizens building, Cedar Grove Park, the fourth largest park in Essex County, which is home to the Robert J. O’Toole Community Center, four bocce courts, a farm themed playground area, and three fitness stations along meandering walking paths, and Riker Hill Art Park, previously a United States Missile Tracking Base that has been transformed into 38 artist studios where artists-in-residence work.
- The five Reservations include the West Essex Reservation, 1,360 acres of undeveloped wetlands preserve; Eagle Rock Reservation, which features the 40-mile Lenape Trail; Hilltop Reservation, a nature preserve with short trails that has been certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a “Wildlife Habitat”; Mills Reservation, where you can find walking and jogging trails and a view that overlooks the New York skyline; and South Mountain Reservation, a 2,000-acre nature preserve that includes trails and a dog park.
- Essex County has three public golf courses to choose from when you’re looking to tee off. The Francis Byrne and Hendricks Field Golf Courses, which were designed as private country club courses by noted golf architect Charles Banks in 1926 and 1926, respectively, and Weequahic Park Golf Course, the oldest public course in New Jersey, designed in 1913.
Things to do around town:
- There’s plenty to see and do for the animal lover. Essex County is home to the No. 1 zoo in the state, the Turtle Back Zoo. In addition to the great exhibits and events like Breakfast with the Gibbons, Owl Festival and Appreciate a Dragon Day, you can rent host a birthday party or corporate event there.
- Searching for a place to admire museum art and artifacts? The Thomas Edison National Historical Park celebrated its centennial in 2016 and houses a history collection of over 300,000 items and approximately five million documents, both showcasing Edison’s sixty-year career as an inventor, manufacturer, businessman, and private citizen. The Montclair Art Museum features a distinctive collection of American and Native American art, exhibitions, and educational programs and offers Free First Thursday Nights with free admission to permanent collections and special exhibitions. The Newark Museum features arts of global Africa, the Americas, Asia, classical art, decorative art, a museum garden, science exhibits and more. The Jewish Museum of New Jersey offers permanent, rotating, and traveling installations for the research, preservation, and exhibition of more than 400 years of Jewish history in New Jersey.
- Looking to catch a great show? The New Jersey Performing Arts Center puts musicians, storytellers, comedians, speakers, and other artists center stage. If you’re searching for the perfect place to catch an exciting sporting event one night and musical performers or comedians the next night, the Prudential Center, which is home to the New Jersey Devils NHL team, is the place for you.
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