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Overview

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.

People

Total Population 13,379
Male Share of the Population 49%
Female Share of the Population 51%
Senior Citizens 17.1%
Employed Population 16+ 6,422
Age of the Population 44

Families

% of people married 61.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 61.5%
Median Earnings25+ $65,323
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,138
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,223

Wealth

Median Family Income $158,846
% Above Poverty Level 96.9%
% Below Poverty Level 3.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 39 minutes
% Working from Home 4.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.2%
% Using Public Transportation 10.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 18.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,205
Median House Value $604,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 24.6%
US/American 0.2%
English 6.4%
Irish 17.4%

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

Notes:

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

Station CANOE BROOK
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
Station SOMERVILLE 4 NW
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
Station ESSEX FELLS SERV BLDG
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 10,593 $196,212
Madison 16,043 $143,162
New Providence 12,314 $163,344
Plainfield 50,423 $53,163
Watchung 5,855 $141,250

Berkeley Heights Public Libraries

Library
Berkeley Heights Free Public Library
290 PLAINFIELD AVENUE
Berkeley Heights, New Jersey
(908) 464-9333
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908-464-3100
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Student/teacher ratio: 12.2

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