The Township of South Orange Village stands as a model of prosperity, camaraderie, civic inclusiveness, and responsible stewardship of public institutions and natural resources. It is a livable community with a diverse population comprised of young professionals, families, and retirees. Located in Essex County, New Jersey, the Village is surrounded by cities, suburbs, and large, protected areas of natural beauty. The 2,112 acres of South Mountain Reservation rise above the Village on its west. Cities – most notably Newark, the most populated city in New Jersey – lie to the Village’s north and east. West Orange and Maplewood, two suburban communities, sit to the northwest and south, respectively. The Village enjoys an especially close relationship with Maplewood, with which it shares a school district and a host of other public services.
Residents enjoy an abundance of natural, cultural, and historic resources through a significant network of trails and open space. The community is home to Seton Hall University, a private school with 6,100 undergraduates and 4,000 graduate students across their primary campus within the Village and their medical school campus located in Nutley. Several of the Village’s green spaces touch the Rahway River, which winds through South Orange. This is a community with many desirable traits where people want to be. Whether it is to start a new business, downsize, go to school or start families: all walks of life want to not only make South Orange their home, but contribute to its celebrated past and highly anticipated future.