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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    D-
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    D-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B-
Union County is located in New Jersey with a population of 557,320. Living in Union County offers residents an urban feel and most residents own their homes. In Union County there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Union County and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Union County are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$351,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,219
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    41%
  • Own
    59%
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Union County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    139.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    3
    6.1
  • Rape
    16.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    148.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    287.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,347.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    256.7
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    14%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    23%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    29%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    14%
    13%

Working in Union County

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$73,376
National
$55,322

Union County Reviews

33 reviews
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I am born and raised in Union, NJ. I love this town and my friends from here too! Where I live is perfect because I live right near so many places. I am just minutes away from two parks, an emergency room, a gas station, two strips of stores, and Union surrounds about five other towns that also have great places to go. I believe my town is also very safe and friendly. The diversity is also very strong.
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Union center is absolutely awesome! Union is a relatively small township that has just enough entertainment that you could never be bored of. It’s also the town of the college I plan on attending.
Moved here in Spring of 2015 and love it here. It is a very diverse town with close proximity to NYC. Downtown seems to be improving but very slowly and still needs lots of work. Lots of great restaurants such as Van Go Cafe which is very hippie. School is great as my kid loves her school and we have attended PTA meetings and very fond of the academic there. The taxes are the only downfall, it is high here. Our area overall is quiet, clean and friendly. Influx of new neighbors from nyc are moving in the area and it is changing for the better.