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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 24,339. 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
24,339

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$481,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,481
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    20%
  • Own
    80%
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Scotch Plains Township 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
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    28.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    4.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    8.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    147.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    520
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    32.8
    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
    9%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    17%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    26%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    30%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    20%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    19%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%

Working in Scotch Plains Township

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$117,765
National
$55,322

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Scotch Plains Township Reviews

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Scotch Plains is an excellent town filled with great people. They have outstanding public school system, are very diverse, have safe neighborhoods, and are family friendly. Growing up in Scotch Plains, I have never felt segregated or out of place. As an African American, it is hard to feel safe nowadays. However, I have never felt more included before. All the residents are very accepting and open minded. Not to mention the incredibly safe neighborhoods. There are cops everywhere protecting and securing the safety of the residents since there are many families that live in Scotch Plains. Furthermore, Scotch Plains has one of the best public school systems out of Union County, NJ. The teachers train their students from pre-k to be the best they can be. Growing up in Scotch Plains has been an amazing experience for me and I could not imagine living anywhere else.
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The town has a long history and has really friendly people and an ample amount of things to do, but it's just way too expensive. There's no way I'm going to be able to stay here after college without living with my parents, and that's the same for almost every other young person in town as well. A large amount of young people choose to simply leave the state, because the only affordable place to live nearby is in Plainfield, which is perhaps the least safe place in the county to live. The school system is well above average and allows students to grow. The town is about to be massively transformed by state-mandated housing requirements, however, which will increase traffic and congest the schools even more.
Our family moved to Scotch Plains last July because our oldest daughter was starting school. We couldn't be happier. The schools are as advertised. Our daughter attends McGinn and comes home excited every day. The district goes out of their way to make the curriculum very diverse. The daycare options are fantastic. Our youngest attends Lightbridge Academy in Fanwood. We love that in terms of food options and entertainment it's near everything. The proximity to Route 22 and Westfield provides a ton of local options. Our children have food allergies and there are many options. There are a variety of incredible parks for kids. There is also a YMCA and JCC. The town feels very safe. There is a low crime rate. The negatives. There isn't a lot of bang for your buck. Many of the houses are older with square footage. Many of the older homes do have a lot of character.