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Overview

Introduction to East Orange, New Jersey

East Orange, New Jersey, in Essex county, is 2 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey. The majority of the residents are African American. Parts of the city are Urban Enterprise Zone districts and it's included in the New York Metropolitan area.

East Orange History

In the early years, it was a part of Newark and up until 1780 was known as Newark Mountain. In 1720 a vein of copper ore was discovered. The local mine shipped the ore to England. East Orange separated from the city of Orange in 1863.

East Orange and nearby Attractions

  • The Ambrose/Ward Mansion is an impressive structure and is home to the African-American Fund of New Jersey
  • Short Hills Mall
  • Liberty State Park and Science Center
  • Meadowlands Sports Complex, which features Giants Stadium, Meadowlands Racetrack and the Continental Airlines Arena
  • Elmwood Park
  • Turtle Back Zoo is enjoyed by families
  • NJ Explorer Childrens Museum
  • Branch Brook Park
  • Highlawn Pavilion
  • New Jersey Historical Society Museum
  • Moja Youth Arts Festival features dancing, acting, singing and artistic paintings
  • Jersey Gardens Mall
  • Brookdale Park
  • Pleasantdale Chateau
  • Verona Park
  • New Jersey Performing Arts Center features a variety of entertainment
  • Newark Museum is a notable venue
  • Hamilton House Museum
  • City-Wide Family Picnic
  • Eagle Rock Reservation

East Orange and nearby Activities

The Watchung Reservation is a vast acreage and includes an extensive trail system. The Watchung Sierra Sampler features trails among the hardwoods. Residents enjoy activities and watching professional sports in New York City.

East Orange Transportation

The city is served by the nearby Newark Liberty International Airport. The New Jersey Transit offers bus transportation and operates two commuter rail train stations.

East Orange Higher Education

Seton Hall University, Bloomfield College and Montclair University are nearby.

People

Total Population64,578
Male Share of the Population44.7%
Female Share of the Population55.3%
Senior Citizens13.1%
Employed Population 16+27,177
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married24.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher17.2%
Median Earnings25+$33,531
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$23,189
Median Earnings With High School Degree$27,288

Wealth

Median Family Income$45,847
% Above Poverty Level78.9%
% Below Poverty Level21.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time34 minutes
% Working from Home1.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work5.5%
% Using Public Transportation25.2%

Housing

People Living Alone40.4%
Median Gross Rent$991
Median House Value$211,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)59.1%
US/American0%
English0.1%
Irish0.3%

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

East Orange Almanac

CategoryValue
Nearest Large City2 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey
CountyEssex
Standard Zip Codes07017, 07018
P.O. Box Zip Codes07019
Phone Area Codes973
Time ZoneEastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude40.767
Longitude-74.205

East Orange Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationNEWARK INTL AP
Distance4 miles
Jan Temp24 to 38 F
Apr Temp44 to 61 F
Jul Temp69 to 85 F
Oct Temp48 to 65 F
Annual Precip46.2 inches
StationNY WESTERLEIGH STAT IS
Distance10.4 miles
Jan Temp25 to 40 F
Apr Temp42 to 62 F
Jul Temp67 to 86 F
Oct Temp47 to 66 F
Annual Precip48.6 inches
StationNEW YORK CITY CENTRAL PK
Distance12.5 miles
Jan Temp26 to 38 F
Apr Temp44 to 61 F
Jul Temp69 to 84 F
Oct Temp50 to 64 F
Annual Precip49.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Ampere (07017)

Doddtown (07017)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
East Newark2,577$53,750
Glen Ridge7,607$200,703
Irvington54,320$45,375
Newark279,793$37,558
West Orange47,014$110,919

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

East Orange Public Libraries

Library
East Orange Public Library
21 S. ARLINGTON AVENUE
East Orange, New Jersey
(973) 266-5607
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East Orange Hospitals

EAST ORANGE GENERAL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
300 CENTRAL AVE
(973) 672-8400
Emergency Service: Yes

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East Orange High Schools

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EAST ORANGE CAMPUS HS
340 PROSPECT STREET
973-266-7360
Serves 1,857 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.3

CICELY TYSON SCH-PER ARTS
161 ELMWOOD AVE
973-266-5970
Serves 745 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.3

EAST ORANGE HIGH
34 NORTH WALNUT STREET
973-266-5800

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