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Overview

Introduction to Berkeley Heights, New Jersey

Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, in Union county, is 9 miles W of Union, New Jersey and 14 miles W of Newark, New Jersey. The town is located in the Newark metropolitan area. Berkeley Heights has a population of 13,407.

Berkeley Heights History

Peter Willcox was the first European to settle in the town of Berkeley Heights. He arrived here in 1720, after having received a land grant from the Elizabethtown Associates. Prior to this, the Lenni-Lenape Native Americans inhabited this area. It was bought from them in the 17th century. The area was initially incorporated as the New Providence Township on November 8, 1809. Much later, on November 6, 1951, the township's name was changed to Berkeley Heights. The community is said to have been named after Lord John Berkeley.

Berkeley Heights and nearby Attractions

  • Edison National Historic Site
  • Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
  • Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary
  • Diamond Hill Church
  • Camp Lyon
  • Seeleys Pond

Things To Do In Berkeley Heights

Berkeley Heights offers travelers the opportunity to visit many interesting places like the Drake House Museum, the Environmental Education Center, and the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. Visitors can also make a trip to the nearby historic sites like the Edison National Historic Site and the Morristown National Historical Park. There is also the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary, the Turtle Back Zoo, and the Reeves-Reed Arboretum. The town of Berkeley Heights itself has a beautiful church called the Diamond Hill Church.

Berkeley Heights Transportation

Newark Liberty International is the nearest major airport.

Berkeley Heights Higher Education

The nearby institutes offering higher educational facilities to residents of Berkeley Heights are Drew University, Union County College, Kean University, Seton Hall University, and Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

Demographics

People

Total Population13,387
Male Share of the Population50.3%
Female Share of the Population49.7%
Senior Citizens18.1%
Employed Population 16+6,491
Age of the Population45

Families

% of people married63.2%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher62.4%
Median Earnings25+$71,653
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$23,561
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,161

Wealth

Median Family Income$169,343
% Above Poverty Level96.3%
% Below Poverty Level3.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time37 minutes
% Working from Home4.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.6%
% Using Public Transportation10.3%

Housing

People Living Alone15.8%
Median Gross Rent$1,404
Median House Value$595,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)28.8%
Italian26.6%
Irish15.4%
German13.6%
English5.6%
Polish5.4%
Russian3.4%
Scottish1.7%
Hungarian1.6%
French Except Basque1.2%
Ukrainian1.1%
Portuguese1.1%
Dutch0.9%
Arab0.8%
Czech0.7%
Norwegian0.6%
Greek0.6%
Swiss0.6%
US/American0.5%
Egyptian0.5%
Welsh0.4%
Swedish0.4%
West Indian0.4%
Iranian0.4%
Turkish0.3%
Jamaican0.3%
Croatian0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Albanian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
British0.1%
Sudanese0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Slovak0.1%
African0.1%
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Berkeley Heights Almanac

CategoryValue
County Union County
Standard Zip Codes7922
Phone Area Codes
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.67
Approximate Longitude-74.42

Berkeley Heights Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationCANOE BROOK
Distance6.2 miles
Jan Temp18 to 39 F
Apr Temp38 to 62 F
Jul Temp62 to 86 F
Oct Temp40 to 66 F
Annual Precip51.6 inches
StationSOMERVILLE 4 NW
Distance12.1 miles
Jan Temp19 to 37 F
Apr Temp37 to 60 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp41 to 64 F
Annual Precip47.7 inches
StationESSEX FELLS SERV BLDG
Distance12.7 miles
Jan Temp19 to 36 F
Apr Temp38 to 60 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp41 to 64 F
Annual Precip51.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Chatham10,528$206,250
Madison16,090$151,848
New Providence12,434$166,771
Plainfield50,578$56,153
Scotch Plains24,068$131,739
Watchung5,944$153,531

Berkeley Heights Public Libraries

Berkeley Heights Free Public Library
290 PLAINFIELD AVENUE
Berkeley Heights, New Jersey
(908) 464-9333

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Berkeley Heights Hospitals

Runnells Specialized Hospital Of Union County
(Government - Local)
40 Watchung Way
(908) 771-5700

Berkeley Heights Public Schools

Governor Livingston High School
175 Watchung Boulevard
ZIP: 7922
(908) 464-3100
High
Total Enrollment 1045
Mary Kay Mcmillin Early Childhood Center
651 Mountain Avenue
ZIP: 7922
(908) 464-5583
Primary
Total Enrollment 321

Berkeley Heights Private Schools

Diamond Hill Montessori School
105 Diamond Hill Rd
ZIP: 7922
Elementary
Total Enrollment 9
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