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Overview

Introduction to New Providence, New Jersey

New Providence, New Jersey is 7 miles W of Union, New Jersey and 12 miles W of Newark, New Jersey. It is in Union county. The town is part of the Newark metro area.

New Providence History

LenniLenape Native Americans were the original inhabitants of present-day New Providence. In 1664, the Duke of York purchased the land. At that time, it was known as the Elizabethtown Tract. The Europeans settled in this area in 1720 and the settlement was known as Turkeytown. From 1794 to 1809, the area was a part of the Springfield Township. On November 8, 1809, the Township of New Providence was incorporated.

New Providence and nearby Attractions

  • Passaic River Park
  • Saltbox Museum
  • Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
  • Washington Rock State Park
  • Morristown National Historical Park
  • Liberty Hall

Things To Do In New Providence

New Providence offers basketball and volleyball courts, a softball complex and tennis courts. You can also enjoy fishing on the Passaic River. New Providence also organizes a number of events and recreational programs throughout the year.

New Providence Transportation

Newark Liberty International Airport is just a few minutes away.

New Providence Higher Education

Drew University, Kean University, The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Union County College and Rutgers University - New Brunswick are nearby.

People

Total Population 12,355
Male Share of the Population 49.8%
Female Share of the Population 50.2%
Senior Citizens 14.5%
Employed Population 16+ 5,861
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 64.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 66.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $155,653
% Above Poverty Level 95.5%
% Below Poverty Level 4.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 6.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.3%
% Using Public Transportation 13.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 20.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,393
Median House Value $571,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 22.9%
US/American 0.1%
English 8%
Irish 20.8%

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

New Providence Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles W of Union, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 12 miles W of Newark, New Jersey
County Union
Standard Zip Codes 07974
Phone Area Codes 908
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.698
Longitude -74.401

New Providence 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 4.5 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 PLAINFIELD
Distance 6.8 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 39 F
Apr Temp 39 to 63 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 66 F
Annual Precip 49.6 inches
Station ESSEX FELLS SERV BLDG
Distance 11.2 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Murray Hill (07974)

New Providnce (07974)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Berkeley Heights 13,339 $161,146
Chatham 10,569 $207,708
Mountainside 6,832 $151,681

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

New Providence Public Libraries

Library
New Providence Memorial Library
377 ELKWOOD AVENUE
New Providence, New Jersey
(908) 665-0311
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35 PIONEER DR
908-464-4700
Serves 622 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.2

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