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Community Information for
Millburn & Short Hills NJ Real Estate

Millburn Township is a beautiful residential community located in the southwest corner of Essex County. The Township is easy to reach via the midtown direct line of NJ Transit, the Garden State Parkway, NJ Turnpike, and is also convenient to Routes 24 and 78.

Millburn Township has an excellent school system. New Jersey Magazine has ranked the Millburn Township school system among the top 3 school districts in the state. In addition, Township schools also receive a national ranking as having one of the most academically challenging high schools in the country, offering many advance placement courses to students who excel in those classes.

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The Township offers a wide variety of recreation programs, including a Community Pool and a Par 3 Golf Course, making the community appealing for families. In addition, Millburn Township has many fine restaurants, a movie theater, the Hilton Short Hills, rated by AAA as a Five Diamond Hotel, and a wide variety of cultural events, including the renowned Paper Mill Playhouse and the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary.

Millburn Township is unique in that it offers upscale, high-end, fifth avenue shopping along with quaint small town shopping of a traditional downtown. The Mall at Short Hills, located on the western side of the Township, is a beautiful regional shopping center in which many fine shops and stores are located. The downtown and local shopping areas offer a variety of unique specialty shops, service-based businesses, and professional offices.

The present population of the Millburn-Short Hills area is approximately 19,735. Millburn Township is a full-service community where most residents live in single family homes. Millburn is comprised of the historic Wyoming district, and South Mountain and Millburn Center areas. Short Hills contains the sections of Knollwood, Glenwood, Brookhaven, Country Club, Merrywood, Deerfield-Crossroads, Mountaintop, White Oak Ridge, and Old Short Hills Estates.

Additional information can be found at:

Millburn Township Public Schools www.millburn.org
Millburn Township Website www.twp.millburn.nj.us
Millburn Online www.millburn-online.com
NJ Transit www.njtransit.com

History for
Millburn & Short Hills New Jersey

Millburn began as a colonial settlement with agricultural origins, followed by a 19th century mill/factory economy and eventually became a Victorian and later residential community. There are many examples of this rich history still present in the township, from the Hessian House, the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum, the Paper Mill Playhouse, and the many beautiful homes from all phases of our history, to our two historic districts, Short Hills Park and Wyoming.

Millburn Township was once part of Elizabethtown and Newark settlements in New Jersey, created by a grant from Charles II to his brother James in 1664. In 1793 Springfield Township was created and it included Millburn. In 1857 Springfield became part of the new Union County and Millburn became a separate township within Essex County.

Short Hills began as a planned community, when Stewart Hartshorn purchased 13 acres of land in Millburn Township, near the present Hobart Avenue, Parsonage Hill Road, and Chatham Road. Hartshorn's purpose was to create "a harmonious community for people who appreciated nature," and "where natural beauty would not be destroyed by real estate developments, and where people of congenial tastes could dwell together." He later increased his land holdings to 56 acres for himself and 1,552 acres for the whole village.

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Hartshorn chose the name "Short Hills" because it reflected the topography of the region, and also because the local Lenape Native Americans used that same name to describe the region. One local resident suggested that he call his village "Hartshornville," but he definitively refused. In 1777, during the American Revolutionary War, it was the site of the Battle of Short Hills.

Demographic Information for
Millburn and Short Hills New Jersey

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 19,765 people, 7,015 households, and 5,604 families residing in the township. The population density was 813.6/km² (2,106.2/mi²). There were 7,158 housing units at an average density of 294.6/km² (762.8/mi²). The racial makeup of the township was 88.91% White, 8.40% Asian, 1.10% African American, 0.05% Native American, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.43% from other races, and 1.08% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.04% of the population.

There were 7,015 households out of which 44.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.6% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.1% were non-families. 17.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.19.

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In the township the population was spread out with 30.2% under the age of 18, 3.2% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 94.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.2 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $130,848, and the median income for a family was $158,888. Males had a median income of $100,000 versus $51,603 for females. The per capita income for the township was $76,796. About 1.2% of families and 1.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.4% of those under age 18 and 1.0% of those age 65 or over.

Millburn has traditionally had one of the largest Jewish communities in Essex County, along with neighboring Livingston and Maplewood. Philip Roth's popular novel Goodbye, Columbus about a newly affluent Jewish family, was set in the Short Hills section of Millburn, and a key scene takes place at the Millburn High School track.

The township has also become very popular with young professionals moving out of Manhattan, thanks to train service to Penn Station.

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