About New Providence

About New Providence

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New Providence is a borough on the northwestern edge of Union County and as of the United States 2000 Census, had a population of 11,907.
Nestled in the Watchung Mountains, New Providence is known for its beautiful residential neighborhoods, excellent school system, and wonderful recreation facilities, and is the home to several Fortune 500 companies.
New Providence is conveniently located roughly 15 miles west of Newark and approximately 28 miles west of New York City. Traveling is simple and convenient with two easily accessible train stations within New Providence, as well as its close proximity to I-78, the Garden State Parkway, New Jersey Turnpike and Newark International Airport.
Official Website for New Providence

Local Map

Transportation

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  • New Providence to New York City Penn Station - 42 Minutes
  • New Providence to Newark Airport - 22 minutes
  • New Providence to Short Hills Mall - 12 minutes (and seconds from the Livingston Mall!)
  • New Providence to Giant Stadium - 32 minutes

Service on the New Jersey Transit Gladstone Branch of the Morris & Essex Lines is available at the New Providence and Murray Hill stations, offering service to Hoboken Terminal and to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan. Two Gladstone Branch trains each weekday morning offer one-seat rides to Manhattan, and two evening trains leave New York and stop at both of New Providence's stations on the way to Gladstone. All other rail service is to or from Hoboken. These trains connect at Summit or Newark Broad Street with Manhattan-bound trains.

Lakeland Bus Lines offers weekday rush hour service from stops along Springfield Avenue to New York's Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Newark Liberty International Airport is approximately sixteen miles east of New Providence.

NJ Transit website

Stats

As of the 2000 census, there were 11,907 people, 4,404 households, and 3,307 families residing in New Providence. The population density was 3,236.9 people per square mile. There were 4,485 housing units at an average density of 1,219.2/sq mi (470.6/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 89.77% White, 0.88% African American, 0.03% Native American, 7.60% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.68% from other races, and 1.01% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.50% of the population.

There were 4,404 households out of which 37.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.3% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.9% were non-families. 21.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.7% 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 3.13.

In New Providence the population was spread out with 26.3% under the age of 18, 4.0% from 18 to 24, 31.0% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 15.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 94.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.3 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $90,964, and the median income for a family was $105,013. Males had a median income of $72,926 versus $46,948 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $42,995. About 1.3% of families and 1.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.0% of those under age 18 and 2.0% of those age 65 or over. Currently, based on per-capita income, New Providence is ranked 48th among municipalities in the state.

Schools

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The New Providence School District serves students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. Students from Murray Hill share the New Providence school facilities.
Schools in the district (with 2005-06 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics are:
  • Allen W. Roberts Elementary School (grades K-6; 602 students)
  • Salt Brook Elementary School (K-6; 595)
  • New Providence Middle School (7&8; 335) / New Providence High School (9-12; 654): both schools share the same building and some of the same facilities (art rooms, auditorium, east wing, west wing, gyms, music rooms, TV production room, cafeteria). Recently a new gym was added to the building.