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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B
Scotch Plains Township is a suburb of New York City with a population of 24,183. Scotch Plains Township is in Union County and is one of the best places to live in New Jersey. Living in Scotch Plains Township offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Scotch Plains Township there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families live in Scotch Plains Township and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Scotch Plains Township are highly rated.
About Scotch Plains Township...
Population
24,183

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$484,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,509
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    18%
  • Own
    82%
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Scotch Plains Township Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    36.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    8.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    12.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    205.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    430.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    28.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    10%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    16%
  • 55-64 years
    16%
  • 65+ years
    17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    27%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    32%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    20%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    18%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Working in Scotch Plains Township

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$128,890
National
$55,322

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Scotch Plains Township Reviews

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I moved to SP in the late 90's and raised my daughters here. Excellent school system with many great, dedicated teachers. As a former spec ed teacher myself I can account for this! Nice community which seems tight knit and good for raising a family. I loved the reservation nearby to bring my dog for walks.
The downsides: Not very culturally diverse, an obvious difference between housing in the north and south sides which also commensurates with crime in areas. A main street that is about 3 blocks long with some shops, banks, and restaurants. Taxes are growing each year in this town, and housing costs are astronomical. Which is why I moved out if state and am now living in a college town two states away, where it's more affordable. We have reservations here too, and not the traffic associated with NJ, not the taxes. Scotch Plains us nice, but I needed more in terms of culture, shops, restaurants, museums, and so on.
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Scotch Plains Township is a pretty great place to live! The townspeople are nice, and everyone seems to know each other. There's a good amount of family-owned shops/restaurants, if that's your thing. One major downside, however, is the taxes. They're insanely high and continue to grow. The mayor loves to conduct massively unnecessary projects that just cost the taxpayer more and more! Like a possible total reconstruction of the perfectly fine downtown! Other than that, however, it is in close proximity to New York while also a manageable distance from the shore.
My family and I have enjoyed living in Scotch Plains for the past 15 years. We moved here when our youngest was 6 and raised our three children here. We chose to purchase a house on the South side since we wanted a large house with a pool and a good sized lot, ours is an acre.

We chose to send our children to a parochial school nearby when they were younger, but, all 3 attended SP High School and we were very happy with the quality of education. All schools in town are excellent!

People in town are very friendly and we have felt safe here. The downtown area is fine, but, could be improved upon and the town is working on that. We spent more time in Westfield as far as a nice downtown area. But, that is minutes away.

We love that we are close to excellent medical care, tons of great restaurants, and cultural activities, not to mention the proximity to New York City.