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Community Information for
Summit NJ Real Estate

Summit is a family-oriented residential community that has successfully maintained historical architecture while meeting the demands of a modern society. Downtown Summit gives you a reason to skip the mall as it provides a large array of restaurants, clothing stores, specialty stores, movie theater, etc.

Location, location, location… Summit is a short train or bus trip away from New York City. The Mid-Town Direct train provides access to Penn Station in approximately 30 min. Routes 24, 78 and the Garden State Parkway as well as the Newark Liberty International Airport are minutes away.


As education is a top priority, Summit public schools rank as one of the top school districts in NJ, with an exceptional percentage of students going on to college. The city provides numerous playing fields, both grass and turf, to accommodate lacrosse, baseball, football, soccer, basketball, tennis and track and field. A 9-par Golf Course and heated Municipal Pool are also available.

The New Jersey Center for the Visual Arts offers cultural activities, ranging from art exhibits and jazz concerts to educational courses. The Summit Free Public Library offers an adverse array of cultural readings, movies, special events and free internet access for all ages. The Reeves-Reed Arboretum offers nature classes and seasonal events on its 12.5 acres site. The Watchung Reservation has over 2000 acres and contains miles of hiking trails, picnic areas and a trailside facility for nature and science education.

Summit provides diversity with an array of Houses of Worship.

Additional information can be found at:

Summit Public School
City of Summit Website
New Jersey Transit

History for
Summit New Jersey

The region in which Summit is located was purchased from Native Americans on October 28, 1664. Summit's earliest European settlers came to the area around the year 1710.

The original name of Summit was "Sunset Hill" to distinguish it from the area then known as "The land of the rising sun" (New Providence's original name until 1759). During the American Revolutionary War period, Summit was known as "Beacon Hill", because bonfire beacons were lit on an eastern ridge in Summit to warn the New Jersey militiamen of approaching British troops.

Summit was called the "Heights over Springfield" during the late 18th Century and most of the 19th Century, and was considered a part of New Providence. During this period, Summit was part of a regional government called Springfield Township, which eventually broke up into separate municipalities. Eventually only Summit and New Providence remained joined.


In 1837, the Morris and Essex Railroad, which became the Delaware Lackawanna and Western Railroad and is now the New Jersey Transit's Morris and Essex Lines, was built over what was then called the "The Summit" hill, and the name was later shortened to Summit.

In 1869, Summit and New Providence separated and the Summit area became the "Township of Summit". The present-day incarnation of Summit, known formally as the City of Summit was incorporated thirty years later on April 11, 1899.

In the 19th Century, Summit served as a nearby getaway spot for wealthy residents of New York City, who were in search of fresh air and a convenient weekend getaway. Weekenders would reach Summit via the railroad, and would relax at large grand hotels and smaller inns and guest houses.

Quiet, leafy neighborhoods make Summit attractive to affluent home buyers.Following World War II, the city experienced a great building boom, as living outside New York City and commuting to work became more common and the population of New Jersey grew. At this point, Summit took on its suburban character of tree lined streets and suburban houses that it is known for today.

Demographic Information for
Summit New Jersey

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 21,131 people, 7,897 households, and 5,606 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,348.5/km² (3,490.7/mi²). There were 8,146 housing units at an average density of 519.9/km² (1,345.7/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 87.77% White, 4.33% African American, 0.09% Native American, 4.45% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.70% from other races, and 1.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.17% of the population.

There were 7,897 households out of which 35.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.1% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.0% were non-families. 23.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 33.0% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 93.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.1 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $95,017, and the median income for a family was $117,053. Males had a median income of $85,625 versus $46,811 for females. The per capita income for the city was $62,598. About 2.5% of families and 4.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.1% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.

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