Berkeley Heights is a township located in Union County that is home to a population of approximately 13,000 residents. Money Magazine ranked Berkeley Heights as 6th in the nation on their Best Places to Live list, the highest among the three areas in New Jersey that were included in their top 50 list. New Jersey Monthly magazine also included Berkeley Heights in their own Best Places to Live list, with a ranking of 19.
The township is located partially along the crest of the Second Watchung Mountain and the Passaic River Valley, giving residents a wonderful atmosphere with fantastic, scenic views daily. There is also a strong sense of history, most of which is encompassed within the Watchung Reservation, which is a park that includes 305 acres of Berkeley Heights. There are also several historical places located throughout the area.
The downtown area of the township is located along Springfield Avenue. This area includes a train station, shops, a post office, a grocery store, municipal buildings, and a variety of restaurants. As a result, residents do not have to drive to neighboring towns to run their errands, which is a very attractive quality for the township.
Additionally, there are a slew of recreational activities and areas available to residents. There are many municipal parks, tennis costs, baseball fields, basketball courts, and play areas for children. There are also swimming clubs and running trails.
In regards to education, school aged residents have the option of attending Mary Kay McMillin Early Childhood Center from pre-kindergarten through the first grade. For second through fifth grades, students can attend either Thomas P. Hughes Elementary School or Mountain Park Elementary School, or William Woodruff Elementary School. Columbia Middle School serves students from the sixth through the eighth grade, and Governor Livingston High School, which was ranked 36th in public high schools throughout the state, serves students from the ninth through the twelfth grade.