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Overview

Introduction to Scotch Plains, New Jersey

Scotch Plains, New Jersey, in Union county, is 7 miles SW of Union, New Jersey and 12 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey. The town is considered part of the Newark metropolitan area. Scotch Plains has a population of 22,732.

Scotch Plains History

In 1684, Europeans settled in Scotch Plains for first time. At that time, it was used as a stop on the stage coach line that ran between New York and Philadelphia. On March 6, 1878, this area was incorporated as Fanwood Township. Prior to that, present day Scotch Plains was a part of the Westfield Township and Plainfield Township. On March 29, 1917, it was renamed to Scotch Plains. The first African-American country club of United States, the Shady Rest Country Club, was established in Scotch Plains.

Scotch Plains and nearby Attractions

  • Bowcraft Amusement Park
  • Green Forest Park
  • Crane Phillips Living Museum
  • Liberty Hall
  • Brookside Park
  • Morristown National Historical Park

Things To Do In Scotch Plains

Scotch Plains includes a number of parks where you can enjoy several recreational activities. The town also includes numerous restaurants and shopping areas. In addition, the Recreational Department of Scotch Plains organizes many events and programs all through the year.

Scotch Plains Transportation

Newark International is the nearest major airport.

Scotch Plains Higher Education

Union County College, the College of Saint Elizabeth, Seton Hall University, Kean University and Drew University offer facilities for higher studies.

People

Total Population 23,845
Male Share of the Population 47.2%
Female Share of the Population 52.8%
Senior Citizens 14.8%
Employed Population 16+ 12,347
Age of the Population 42

Families

% of people married 58.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 52.8%
Median Earnings25+ $63,917
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $27,583
Median Earnings With High School Degree $43,246

Wealth

Median Family Income $129,556
% Above Poverty Level 98.8%
% Below Poverty Level 1.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 36 minutes
% Working from Home 5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.1%
% Using Public Transportation 11.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 18.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,414
Median House Value $464,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 26.6%
US/American 0.2%
English 5.3%
Irish 15.5%

Scotch Plains Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles SW of Union, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 12 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey
County Union
Standard Zip Codes 07076
Phone Area Codes 908
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.655
Longitude -74.39

Scotch Plains 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 PLAINFIELD
Distance 3.9 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 CANOE BROOK
Distance 6.9 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 NEWARK INTL AP
Distance 12.5 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Fanwood 7,475 $128,830
Mountainside 6,765 $158,603
New Providence 12,314 $163,344
Plainfield 50,423 $53,163
Watchung 5,855 $141,250

Scotch Plains Public Libraries

Library
Scotch Plains Public Library
1927 BARTLE AVENUE
Scotch Plains, New Jersey
(908) 322-5007
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Scotch Plains High Schools

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SCOTCH PLAINS FANWOOD H
667 WESTFIELD ROAD
908-889-8600
Serves 1,361 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.4

UNION CTY MAGNET HIGH SCH
1776 RARITAN ROAD
908-889-3800
A Vocational School
A Magnet School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 284 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.1

UNION CTY VOC TECH
1776 RARITAN RD
908-889-2924
A Vocational School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 214 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4

HILLCREST ACADEMY
2630 PLAINFIELD AVENUE
908-233-9366
Serves 65 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.3

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