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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 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.

Demographics

People

Total Population24,068
Male Share of the Population46.6%
Female Share of the Population53.4%
Senior Citizens16.2%
Employed Population 16+12,017
Age of the Population42

Families

% of people married58.3%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher57.5%
Median Earnings25+$64,444
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$37,423

Wealth

Median Family Income$131,739
% Above Poverty Level97%
% Below Poverty Level3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time38 minutes
% Working from Home8.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.9%
% Using Public Transportation13.5%

Housing

People Living Alone19.2%
Median Gross Rent$1,398
Median House Value$465,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)25.7%
Italian21.4%
Irish16.3%
German13%
Polish8.7%
English4.6%
Russian3.1%
Arab2%
Egyptian1.8%
French Except Basque1.5%
Scottish1.4%
Portuguese1.3%
West Indian1.2%
Hungarian1.2%
Ukrainian1%
Swedish0.9%
Greek0.9%
Slovak0.7%
African0.7%
Norwegian0.7%
Canadian0.5%
Jamaican0.5%
Welsh0.4%
Nigerian0.4%
Haitian0.4%
Austrian0.4%
Liberian0.3%
Iranian0.3%
Lithuanian0.3%
US/American0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Brazilian0.2%
Trinidad Tobago0.2%
Belizean0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Iraqi0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Dutch0.1%
Guyanese0.1%
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Scotch Plains Almanac

CategoryValue
County Union County
Standard Zip Codes7076
Phone Area Codes
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.63
Approximate Longitude-74.37

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)

StationPLAINFIELD
Distance3.9 miles
Jan Temp22 to 39 F
Apr Temp39 to 63 F
Jul Temp63 to 87 F
Oct Temp42 to 66 F
Annual Precip49.6 inches
StationCANOE BROOK
Distance6.9 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
StationNEWARK INTL AP
Distance12.5 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Fanwood7,530$144,559
Mountainside6,835$147,319
New Providence12,434$166,771
Plainfield50,578$56,153
Watchung5,944$153,531
Westfield30,438$178,381

Scotch Plains Public Libraries

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

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Scotch Plains Public Schools

Academy For Allied Health Sciences
1776 Raritan Road
ZIP: 7076
(908) 889-8288
High
Total Enrollment 267
Academy For Information Technology
1776 Raritan Road
ZIP: 7076
(908) 889-8288
High
Total Enrollment 266
Academy For Performing Arts
1776 Raritan Road
ZIP: 7076
(908) 889-8288
High
Total Enrollment 184
Evergreen School
2280 Evergreen Avenue
ZIP: 7076
(908) 889-5331
Primary
Total Enrollment 406
Hillcrest Academy-north
2630 Plainfield Avenue
ZIP: 7076
(908) 233-9366
High
Total Enrollment 85
Howard B. Brunner
721 Westfield Road
ZIP: 7076
(908) 889-2148
Primary
Total Enrollment 400
J. Ackerman Coles
16 Kevin Road
ZIP: 7076
(908) 757-7555
Primary
Total Enrollment 457
Park Middle School
580 Park Avenue
ZIP: 7076
(908) 322-4445
Middle
Total Enrollment 934
School One
563 Willow Avenue
ZIP: 7076
(908) 322-7731
Primary
Total Enrollment 396
Scotch Plains-fanwood High School
667 Westfield Road
ZIP: 7076
(908) 889-8600
High
Total Enrollment 1572
Terrill Middle School
1301 Terrill Road
ZIP: 7076
(908) 322-5215
Middle
Total Enrollment 825
Union County Magnet High School
1776 Raritan Road
ZIP: 7076
(908) 889-8288
High
Total Enrollment 290
Union County Tech
1776 Raritan Rd
ZIP: 7076
(908) 889-8288
High
Total Enrollment 352
Union Regional School
1524 Terrill Road
ZIP: 7076
(908) 322-1641
William J. Mcginn
1100 Roosevelt Avenue
ZIP: 7076
(908) 233-7950
Primary
Total Enrollment 478

Scotch Plains Private Schools

Christopher Academy
1390 Terrill Rd
ZIP: 7076
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
L'academy Montessori
1577 E 2nd St
ZIP: 7076
Elementary
Total Enrollment 4
Nursery School-jcc Of Central New Jersey
1391 Martine Ave
ZIP: 7076
Elementary
Total Enrollment 27
Scotch Plains Baptist Christian Day School
333 Park Ave
ZIP: 7076
Elementary
Total Enrollment 16
St Bartholomew Academy
2032 Westfield Ave
ZIP: 7076
Elementary
Total Enrollment 198
Union Catholic Regional High School
1600 Martine Ave
ZIP: 7076
Secondary
Total Enrollment 720
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