Introduction to Berkeley Heights, New Jersey

Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, in Union county, is 9 miles W of Union, New Jersey and 14 miles W of Newark, New Jersey. The town is located in the Newark metropolitan area. Berkeley Heights has a population of 13,407.

Berkeley Heights History

Peter Willcox was the first European to settle in the town of Berkeley Heights. He arrived here in 1720, after having received a land grant from the Elizabethtown Associates. Prior to this, the Lenni Lenape Native Americans inhabited this area. It was bought from them in the 17th century. The area was initially incorporated as the New Providence Township on November 8, 1809. Much later, on November 6, 1951, the township's name was changed to Berkeley Heights. The community is said to have been named after Lord John Berkeley.

Berkeley Heights and nearby Attractions

  • Edison National Historic Site
  • Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
  • Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary
  • Diamond Hill Church
  • Camp Lyon
  • Seeleys Pond

Things To Do In Berkeley Heights

Berkeley Heights offers travelers the opportunity to visit many interesting places like the Drake House Museum, the Environmental Education Center, and the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. Visitors can also make a trip to the nearby historic sites like the Edison National Historic Site and the Morristown National Historical Park. There is also the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary, the Turtle Back Zoo, and the Reeves-Reed Arboretum. The town of Berkeley Heights itself has a beautiful church called the Diamond Hill Church.

Berkeley Heights Transportation

Newark Liberty International is the nearest major airport.

Berkeley Heights Higher Education

The nearby institutes offering higher educational facilities to residents of Berkeley Heights are Drew University, Union County College, Kean University, Seton Hall University, and Rutgers University-New Brunswick.


Total Population 13,339
Male Share of the Population 50.4%
Female Share of the Population 49.6%
Senior Citizens 18.3%
Employed Population 16+ 6,325
Age of the Population 45


% of people married 62.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 62%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $161,146
% Above Poverty Level 96.6%
% Below Poverty Level 3.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 39 minutes
% Working from Home 4.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation 10.7%


People Living Alone 18%
Median Gross Rent $1,648
Median House Value $589,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 26.9%
US/American 0.5%
English 6.8%
Irish 18%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Berkeley Heights Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 9 miles W of Union, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 14 miles W of Newark, New Jersey
County Union
Standard Zip Codes 07922
Phone Area Codes 908
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.694
Longitude -74.443

Berkeley Heights Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 6.2 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 39 F
Apr Temp 38 to 62 F
Jul Temp 62 to 86 F
Oct Temp 40 to 66 F
Annual Precip 51.6 inches
Distance 12.1 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 37 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 47.7 inches
Distance 12.7 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 36 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 51.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Chatham 10,569 $207,708
Madison 16,091 $141,010
New Providence 12,355 $155,653
Plainfield 50,678 $53,917
Watchung 5,900 $151,542

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Berkeley Heights Public Libraries

Berkeley Heights Free Public Library
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(908) 464-9333
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Student/teacher ratio: 12.2

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