Introduction to Hillside, New Jersey

Hillside, New Jersey, in Union county, is 1 mile E of Union, New Jersey and 3 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey. The town is located in the Newark metropolitan area. Hillside has a population of 21,747.

Hillside History

Portions of Union Township were taken to form Hillside township, which was officially incorporated in April of 1913. The town was possibly named after the old Hillside School which stood on a little hill on Hillside Avenue. The culture of the town has, to a large extent, been influenced both positively and negatively by the political, economic and sociological forces in America post World War II. However, today Hillside is a thriving community.

Hillside and nearby Attractions

  • Hillside Free Public Library
  • Liberty Hall Museum
  • Christ The King Church
  • Oheb Sholem Cemetery
  • Sanford Park

Things To Do In Hillside

While in Hillside, travelers can visit the Liberty Hall Museum, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, or even travel to New York to enjoy the city’s sights and attractions. The Hillside Free Public Library offers a great deal of information about the town’s history and culture. There are a number of churches and cemeteries lining the streets of this town. The Sanford Park and the Paul Korlesky Park offer amusement facilities for both adults and children.

Hillside Transportation

Air transportation is available from Newark Liberty International Airport.

Hillside Higher Education

Residents of Hillside can attend educational facilities at the nearby Kean University. Also, within a close range are a number of other colleges and universities like Seton Hall University, Rutgers University-Newark, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Essex County College, the University of Medicine And Dentistry Of New Jersey and Union County College.


Total Population 21,779
Male Share of the Population 47.6%
Female Share of the Population 52.4%
Senior Citizens 12.7%
Employed Population 16+ 9,769
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 42.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.6%
Median Earnings25+ $35,833
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $31,944
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,596


Median Family Income $70,449
% Above Poverty Level 88.5%
% Below Poverty Level 11.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.1%
% Using Public Transportation 11.3%


People Living Alone 21.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,199
Median House Value $236,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 50.5%
US/American 0%
English 0.3%
Irish 0.7%

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

Hillside Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 1 miles E of Union, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 3 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey
County Union
Standard Zip Codes 07205
Phone Area Codes 908
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.701
Longitude -74.23

Hillside Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.5 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 7.1 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 7.6 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Ind Hillside (07205)

Industrial Hillside (07205)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Elizabeth 127,759 $44,835
Irvington 54,320 $45,375
Maplewood 24,303 $144,383
South Orange Village 16,305 $151,719

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

Hillside Public Libraries

Hillside Free Public Library
Hillside, New Jersey
(732) 923-4413
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Student/teacher ratio: 13.7

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