Introduction to West Orange, New Jersey

West Orange, New Jersey, in Essex county, is 2 miles NW of East Orange, New Jersey (center to center) and 5 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey. The town is included in the Newark metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 44,943 people lived in West Orange.

West Orange History

Originally, the area now known as West Orange was a part of the city of Newark. It was separated from the city on November 27, 1806 to form the Orange Township. On April 10, 1863, this area was separated from the Orange Township and the township of West Orange was formed. Later on 28 February 1900, it was reformed as a town. The first planned community of United States, Llewellyn Park is located in West Orange. Moreover, the famous scientist Thomas Edison resided in this town.

West Orange and nearby Attractions

  • Degnan Memorial Park
  • Llewellyn Park
  • O'Connor Park
  • Edgemont Memorial Park
  • Montclair Art Museum

Things To Do In West Orange

West Orange offers a number of recreational facilities. The town includes numerous parks, basketball courts, theaters, playgrounds and baseball fields. In addition, there are several scenic landscapes in West Orange, where visitors can enjoy family picnics.

West Orange Transportation

The closest major airport is Newark Liberty International Airport.

West Orange Higher Education

Seton Hall University is nearby.


Total Population 47,014
Male Share of the Population 48.9%
Female Share of the Population 51.1%
Senior Citizens 16.2%
Employed Population 16+ 23,228
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 48.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 48.4%
Median Earnings25+ $50,942
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,766
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,858


Median Family Income $110,919
% Above Poverty Level 94.4%
% Below Poverty Level 5.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation 13.1%


People Living Alone 26.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,369
Median House Value $353,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 43.5%
US/American 0.1%
English 2.4%
Irish 8.1%

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

West Orange Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles NW of East Orange, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 5 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey
County Essex
Standard Zip Codes 07052
Phone Area Codes 973
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.798
Longitude -74.239

West 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 3.3 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
Distance 6.7 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 6.8 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
Bloomfield 47,831 $86,586
East Orange 64,578 $45,847
Glen Ridge 7,607 $200,703
Montclair 38,021 $142,380
Verona 13,489 $135,350

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

West Orange Public Libraries

West Orange Free Public Library
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