Millburn, NJ Facts and History
The township of Millburn is located in Essex County, New Jersey. According to the United States Census Bureau in 2010, the township’s population was 20,149.
In 1857, the municipality was created as a township by an act of the New Jersey Legislature.
Millburn is located near South Mountain Reservation, The Mall at Short Hills and the suburban towns of South Orange, Maplewood, Livingston, and Summit. The township is also home to the historical Paper Mill Playhouse, a 70-year-old regional theater.
In 2008, New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Millburn as the 53rd best place to live in New Jersey.
The township has a total area of 9.876 square miles, of which 9.322 square miles of it is land and 0.554 square miles is water.
Millburn also includes the hamlet of Short Hills, the historic Wyoming district, South Mountain and the Millburn Center areas. Short Hills includes the areas of Knollwood, Glenwood, Brookhaven, Country Club, Merrywood, Deerfield-Crossroads, Mountaintop, White Oak Ridge, and Old Short Hills Estates.
Millburn is located approximately 15 miles away from Manhattan.
Millburn borders Livingston, Florham Park, Chatham Township, Summit, Springfield Township, Union Township, Maplewood and West Orange.
The West Branch of the Rahway River runs through the downtown area of Millburn.
Based on the Bureau’s data, there were 20,149 people, 6,813 households, and 5,553 families residing in Millburn.
The racial makeup of the township was 80.17 percent Caucasian, 1.63 percent African American, 0.03 percent Native American, 15.66 percent Hispanic or Latino, 3.49 percent Asian, 0.02 percent Pacific Islander, 0.51 percent from other races, and 1.97 percent from two or more races of the population.
The median household income was $137,778 and the median family income was $139,861. The median income for males was $76,719 and for females, it was $70,313. The per capita income for the township was $36,771.
Since its incorporation in 1857, Millburn has operated under the Township form of government with a Township Committee consisting of five-members. The Committee is elected directly by voters in partisan elections to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with one to two seats coming up for election each year. At an annual meeting, the Township Committee selects one of its members to serve as Mayor.
As of 2012, Township Committee members include: Mayor Sandra H. Haimoff, Deputy Mayor Robert J. Tillotson, W. Theodore Bourke, Sari Greenberg and Thomas C. McDermott.
Federal, state and county representation
Millburn is divided between the 10th and 11th Congressional districts and is part of New Jersey’s 27th state legislative district.
The Millburn Township Public Schools serve students pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. Schools in the district, based on 2009-10 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics, are five K-5 elementary schools: Deerfield Elementary School (481 students); Glenwood Elementary School (529); Hartshorn Elementary School (504); South Mountain Elementary School (PK-5; 375); and Wyoming Elementary School (341).
Millburn Middle School serves students from sixth through eighth grade (1,177) and Millburn High School from ninth through twelfth grade (1,407).
In 2008 and 2010 rankings, New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Millburn High School as the best high school of the “Top Public High Schools” in New Jersey.
Far Brook School is a private, nonsectarian, co-educational day school located in the Short Hills section of Millburn. It serves students from nursery school through eighth grade, with a total enrollment of 197 students. The Pingry School’s Lower School campus (K-6) is located in Short Hills. St. Rose of Lima School is a Catholic school with 260 students from PK-3 to 8th grade and operates under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Newark.
Millburn is served by two New Jersey Transit railroad stations along the Morristown Line: the Millburn station, located at the intersection of Essex Avenue and Lackawanna Place, and the Short Hills station, located near The Crescent Street between Hobart Avenue and Chatham Road. The Short Hills station is also the site of the Millburn-Short Hills Historical Society museum.
New Jersey Transit also operates numerous bus lines along Millburn and Essex Avenues, including the 70 route that stops at the Millburn Railroad station on a route between Newark and Livingston.
Millburn celebrated its 150th Birthday in June 2007. It was one of the biggest celebrations in the township’s history.