Introduction to East Orange, New Jersey

East Orange, New Jersey, in Essex county, is 2 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey. The majority of the residents are African American. Parts of the city are Urban Enterprise Zone districts and it's included in the New York Metropolitan area.

East Orange History

In the early years, it was a part of Newark and up until 1780 was known as Newark Mountain. In 1720 a vein of copper ore was discovered. The local mine shipped the ore to England. East Orange separated from the city of Orange in 1863.

East Orange and nearby Attractions

  • The Ambrose/Ward Mansion is an impressive structure and is home to the African-American Fund of New Jersey
  • Short Hills Mall
  • Liberty State Park and Science Center
  • Meadowlands Sports Complex, which features Giants Stadium, Meadowlands Racetrack and the Continental Airlines Arena
  • Elmwood Park
  • Turtle Back Zoo is enjoyed by families
  • NJ Explorer Childrens Museum
  • Branch Brook Park
  • Highlawn Pavilion
  • New Jersey Historical Society Museum
  • Moja Youth Arts Festival features dancing, acting, singing and artistic paintings
  • Jersey Gardens Mall
  • Brookdale Park
  • Pleasantdale Chateau
  • Verona Park
  • New Jersey Performing Arts Center features a variety of entertainment
  • Newark Museum is a notable venue
  • Hamilton House Museum
  • City-Wide Family Picnic
  • Eagle Rock Reservation

East Orange and nearby Activities

The Watchung Reservation is a vast acreage and includes an extensive trail system. The Watchung Sierra Sampler features trails among the hardwoods. Residents enjoy activities and watching professional sports in New York City.

East Orange Transportation

The city is served by the nearby Newark Liberty International Airport. The New Jersey Transit offers bus transportation and operates two commuter rail train stations.

East Orange Higher Education

Seton Hall University, Bloomfield College and Montclair University are nearby.


Total Population 64,578
Male Share of the Population 44.7%
Female Share of the Population 55.3%
Senior Citizens 13.1%
Employed Population 16+ 27,177
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 24.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.2%
Median Earnings25+ $33,531
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,189
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,288


Median Family Income $45,847
% Above Poverty Level 78.9%
% Below Poverty Level 21.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 34 minutes
% Working from Home 1.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.5%
% Using Public Transportation 25.2%


People Living Alone 40.4%
Median Gross Rent $991
Median House Value $211,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 59.1%
US/American 0%
English 0.1%
Irish 0.3%

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

East Orange Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 2 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey
County Essex
Standard Zip Codes 07017, 07018
P.O. Box Zip Codes 07019
Phone Area Codes 973
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.767
Longitude -74.205

East Orange Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 4 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 38 F
Apr Temp 44 to 61 F
Jul Temp 69 to 85 F
Oct Temp 48 to 65 F
Annual Precip 46.2 inches
Distance 10.4 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 40 F
Apr Temp 42 to 62 F
Jul Temp 67 to 86 F
Oct Temp 47 to 66 F
Annual Precip 48.6 inches
Distance 12.5 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 38 F
Apr Temp 44 to 61 F
Jul Temp 69 to 84 F
Oct Temp 50 to 64 F
Annual Precip 49.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, East Orange, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Ampere (07017)

Doddtown (07017)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
East Newark 2,577 $53,750
Glen Ridge 7,607 $200,703
Irvington 54,320 $45,375
Newark 279,793 $37,558
West Orange 47,014 $110,919

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

East Orange Public Libraries

East Orange Public Library
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(973) 266-5607
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East Orange Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(973) 672-8400
Emergency Service: Yes

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