Introduction to Kenilworth, New Jersey

Kenilworth, New Jersey, in Union county, is 2 miles SW of Union, New Jersey and 7 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey. The town’s population is approximately 7,675.

Kenilworth History

Kenilworth was formed in the late 1890s, after the New Orange Industrial Association purchased land from the Cranford and Union Townships. The land was then divided into building lots and sold. Eventually, a number of large industries were drawn to the area and established operations there. It was incoroporated and given its current name on May 13, 1907. According to sources, this name was inspired by the town of Kenilworth in England.

Kenilworth and nearby Attractions

  • New Jersey Historical Society Museum
  • Alice Austen House Museum
  • Edison National Historic Site
  • Lenape Park
  • Bergen County Zoological Park
  • South Mountain Reservation

Things To Do In Kenilworth

Exhibits at the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts depict the pre-industrial history and lifestyles of people living in New Jersey. The New Jersey Historical Society Museum, the Montclair Art Museum, the Staten Island Children's Museum, and the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art are some of the other museums in the area. The 408-acre Eagle Rock Reservation and the 2,047-acre South Mountain Reservation are within 10 miles of Kenilworth. Washington Rock State Park, Branch Brook Park and Weequahic Park offer fishing, camping, boating and picnicking opportunities. In addition, the town offers easy access to other popular attractions like the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary, the Bergen County Zoological Park, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the New York Aquarium.

Kenilworth Transportation

Newark Liberty International is the nearest major airport.

Kenilworth Higher Education

Union County College, Kean University and Seton Hall University are all nearby.


Total Population 8,104
Male Share of the Population 52.3%
Female Share of the Population 47.7%
Senior Citizens 14.9%
Employed Population 16+ 4,132
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 57.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 26.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $102,298
% Above Poverty Level 97.8%
% Below Poverty Level 2.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.4%
% Using Public Transportation 5.1%


People Living Alone 17.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,473
Median House Value $342,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 21.8%
US/American 0%
English 3.5%
Irish 13.1%

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

Kenilworth Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles SW of Union, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 7 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey
County Union
Standard Zip Codes 07033
Phone Area Codes 908
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.676
Longitude -74.291

Kenilworth Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.9 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 39 F
Apr Temp 38 to 62 F
Jul Temp 63 to 86 F
Oct Temp 42 to 65 F
Annual Precip 50.9 inches
Distance 6 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 7.1 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Clark 15,144 $109,635
Cranford 23,328 $135,500
Garwood 4,306 $91,042
Roselle 21,466 $63,314

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

Kenilworth Public Libraries

Kenilworth Public Library
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Kenilworth High Schools

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Serves 659 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.8

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