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Overview

Introduction to Montclair, New Jersey

Montclair Township is located in Essex County. Montclair is situated in the Watchung Mountains. Montclair was established as a township in 1868. The township offers impressive views including the New York City skyline. New York City is approximately 12 miles from Montclair. The township is recognized for its historic architecture. Montclair includes six historic districts. Some of the structures featured in the township were designed by prominent architects such as Goldsmith, Charles Follen McKim, Van Vleck, Mead, Charles A. Platt and several other notable architects.

History

Before the settlers arrived, the Montclair area was home to the Lenape Indians. In the early 1700s John Speer constructed a house near the Montclair border that still exists today. Soon other settlers established farms in the area. The area which is now recognized as the northern portion of Montclair was named Speertown. It experienced significant economic development in 1831 due to the completion of the Morris Canal.

In 1856 the railroad came to West Bloomfield. Over time, West Bloomfield became a commuter town and the residents eventually convinced officials at the post office to change the name to Montclair. In order to have an additional railroad provide service for the town, the residents secured a charter for another township and the Township of Montclair was established in 1868. Montclair Township experienced a significant expansion of the metropolitan area after the end of World War II.

Attractions

The Montclair Art Museum features contemporary American and Native American works of art. The museum contains more than 5,000 Native American art objects as well as more than 10,000 pieces of American art.

Presby Memorial Iris Gardens is recognized as a living museum featuring iris flowers. It's considered to be the the biggest non-commercial garden dedicated to iris flowers in the world. The garden was created in 1927 in tribute to Frank Presby, a prominent horticulturalist who helped to establish the American Iris Society. Other attractions in the area include:

  • Howard Van Vleck Arboretum
  • Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center
  • Crane House and Museum
  • Van Vleck House and Gardens

Higher Education

Montclair State University has a campus situated in the township. Montclair State University contains the following colleges:

  • College of Education and Human Services
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • College of Science and Mathematics
  • College of Arts
  • School of Business
  • Graduate School

Demographics

People

Total Population38,130
Male Share of the Population45.8%
Female Share of the Population54.2%
Senior Citizens12.6%
Employed Population 16+18,959
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married50.6%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher68.7%
Median Earnings25+$66,174
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,167
Median Earnings With High School Degree$33,485

Wealth

Median Family Income$148,976
% Above Poverty Level92.3%
% Below Poverty Level7.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time38 minutes
% Working from Home7.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.8%
% Using Public Transportation27%

Housing

People Living Alone29%
Median Gross Rent$1,422
Median House Value$596,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)36.7%
Irish15.5%
Italian11.9%
German8.9%
English6.5%
West Indian4.7%
Polish4.4%
Russian4.2%
Jamaican2.8%
African1.5%
French Except Basque1.5%
Scottish1.4%
Hungarian1.2%
Swedish1.1%
Dutch1.1%
Austrian1%
Ukrainian0.9%
Greek0.8%
Swiss0.6%
Brazilian0.6%
Arab0.6%
Trinidad Tobago0.6%
Haitian0.6%
Norwegian0.6%
Czech0.5%
Welsh0.5%
Danishn0.4%
Portuguese0.4%
Slovak0.4%
Nigerian0.4%
Romanian0.4%
Iranian0.4%
US/American0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Lebanese0.3%
Barbadian0.2%
Israeli0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Guyanese0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Australian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Albanian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Maltese0.1%
South African0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Finnish0.1%
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Montclair Almanac

CategoryValue
County Essex County
Standard Zip Codes7042, 7043
Phone Area Codes862
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.82
Approximate Longitude-74.21

Montclair Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationESSEX FELLS SERV BLDG
Distance3.9 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
StationNEWARK INTL AP
Distance7.9 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
StationNEW YORK CITY CENTRAL PK
Distance13 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bloomfield47,982$87,386
Cedar Grove12,545$133,704
Glen Ridge7,615$201,759
Little Falls14,493$107,625
Verona13,481$143,071
West Orange47,037$111,841

Montclair Public Libraries

Montclair Public Library
50 S. FULLERTON AVENUE
Montclair, New Jersey
(973) 744-0500

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Montclair Hospitals

Atlantic Health System - Mountainside Hospital
(Non-profit)
1 Bay Avenue
(973) 429-6000
Hackensack-umc Mountainside
(Proprietary)
Bay And Highland Ave
(973) 429-6000

Montclair Public Schools

Charles H. Bullock School
55 Washington Street
ZIP: 7042
(973) 509-4255
Primary
Total Enrollment 482
Edgemont Elementary School
20 Edgemont Rd
ZIP: 7042
(201) 509-4162
Primary
Total Enrollment 280
Glenfield Middle School
25 Maple Ave
ZIP: 7042
(973) 509-4172
Middle
Total Enrollment 684
Hillside Elementary School
54 Orange Rd
ZIP: 7042
(973) 509-4200
Primary
Total Enrollment 502
Montclair High School
100 Chestnut St
ZIP: 7042
(973) 509-4100
High
Total Enrollment 1936
Nishuane Elementary School
32 Cedar Ave
ZIP: 7042
(973) 509-4222
Primary
Total Enrollment 489
Renaissance Middle School At The Rand Building
176 North Fullerton Avenue
ZIP: 7042
(973) 509-5741
Middle
Total Enrollment 276
Watchung Elementary School
14 Garden St
ZIP: 7042
(973) 509-4259
Primary
Total Enrollment 440

Montclair Private Schools

Deron School Ii
130 Grove St
ZIP: 7042
Secondary
Total Enrollment 252
Immaculate Conception High School
33 Cottage Pl
ZIP: 7042
Secondary
Total Enrollment 165
The Montclair Kimberley Academy
201 Valley Rd
ZIP: 7042
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 1007
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