Welcome to Livingston
An affluent, family-oriented northern New Jersey suburb
Livingston is a great community for anyone looking for a small-town feel with all the amenities of a larger town. It is an affluent suburban town in Essex County, N.J.
The township takes its name after William Livingston, the first governor of New Jersey, one of the original 13 colonies. It’s home to about 30,000 people and located 22 miles west of New York City, making it an excellent place to live for employees who commute part- or full-time to the Big Apple. Livingston’s highly-ranked, nationally recognized school system is another huge draw for the town.
With easy access to New York City, Livingston is popular for those who love city life but crave a calmer place to live. Among its residents are families, single professionals, retirees, and many more. Livingston has something to offer almost anyone, whether you're looking for a cozy starter home or a luxurious estate.
What to Love
- Award-winning schools
- Easy commute to New York City
- Strong sense of community
- Ethos of volunteerism
Livingston residents enjoy a high quality of life and many amenities, including an award-winning recreation center, an expansive public library system, and various shops and restaurants. The fantastic school system, many local parks, town pools, and winter ice skating pond make Livingston ideal for families wanting a welcoming community.
Most everyone who lives here appreciates the proximity to New York City. Manhattan is fewer than 30 miles away, and public transportation makes all parts of New York City accessible. For example, for just $2 a trip, you can take a local shuttle to South Orange train station and catch a direct train to Manhattan. If you choose to drive, I-280, Route 24, I-287, I-78, and the Garden State Parkway are minutes from Livingston, as is Newark Liberty International Airport
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Livingston is known for its dining options, and there are plenty of places to enjoy a good meal. Nero's
is a popular Italian Steakhouse restaurant that offers indoor and outdoor seating. The menu features classic dishes like spaghetti and meatballs and fabulous chicken dishes and salads. Nana's Deli
is another local favorite, serving sandwiches, salads, and soups.
is another excellent choice. The menu features creative takes on traditional Jewish dishes, such as latkes, corned beef and pastrami. Seymour's Cafe
is an institution in Livingston serving delicious deli sandwiches, salads, and fabulous breakfast dishes. No matter your taste, you're sure to find something to your liking in Livingston.
Regarding entertainment, Livingston is more than a beautiful town perfect for those who love spending time outdoors. Nightlife spots in town include The Landmark
(an excellent bar for grabbing a drink, ribs and pizza with friends) and Uncorked and Uncapped
(ideal for all you wine and beer lovers). Moreover, the Livingston Arts Council
provides musical and orchestral productions for the community — children of all ages may participate in them. Music lovers will appreciate the Livingston Symphony Orchestra
, one of the town’s integral institutions.
a must-visit if you're looking for boutique shopping. You'll find a wide variety of unique jewelry pieces and casual clothing there. Meanwhile, Duet Consignment
are perfect for designer clothes. Livingston also has its own mall (The Livingston Mall
), which helps ensure you'll find what you want in Livingston.
Things to Do
Livingston is a wonderful place to call home. There are so many things to do in this vibrant community. The Livingston Symphony Orchestra
is worth a second mention, and the Livingston Arts Association
offers various classes and programs for those interested in the arts. And, of course, one of the highlights of Livingston is taking a dip in the two different pools, Northland Pool
and Memorial Pool. The town also offers loads of parks, recreation, tennis. And don’t forget the Memorial Garden
, which has a sundial made of steel from the World Trade Center to commemorate the Livingston residents who perished there.
Riker Hill Art Park
is the place to go to enjoy the arts outdoors. This former missile tracking base has been converted into a space to enjoy public sculptures. The park includes 38 private studios as well, serving as a haven for visual artists in the area. Lastly, children will love a trip to Turtle Back Zoo
, just five minutes away in Essex County.
The Livingston Public Schools
system (six elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school) serves the town of Livingston. Its award-winning schools are a main reason families choose to live in Livingston — NJ Monthly Magazine named Livingston High School
one of the state’s best
, and students of Livingston High have won first place in mathematics in Essex County. Elementary schools include: