Livingston, NJ

What We Love About Livingston

  • Great school district 
  • Easy commute to NYC
  • St. Barnabas Medical Center
  • Plenty of parks and outdoor recreation facilities
  • Excellent municipal services
  • Abundant shopping
  • Lively and varied restaurant scene
  • Wide variety of housing options, with many renovated houses and apartments

Livingston is located in Essex County, New Jersey.

Livingston is part of The Gateway Region of NJ and is only a short car ride from New York City at just 45 minutes.

The Gateway Region is home to major stadiums for soccer, football and hockey. Some of the most expensive and luxurious real estate in New Jersey can be found here along the Hudson River having incredible views of New York City and the Statue of Liberty. The Gateway Region also houses major transportation routes via water, air, road and rail, as well as being home to several major industries that play a vital role in the state's economy. Transportation hubs include Port Newark–Elizabeth Marine Terminal, Newark International Airport, The New Jersey Turnpike, Route I-80 (which runs all the way to San Francisco) and also major local, regional and national freight and passenger train lines. Many jobs are available here in healthcare, hospitality, transportation, warehousing, government, finance, insurance, wholesale trade, retail, technology and science, petrochemical and other manufacturing. These and other industries keep the economy strong in The Gateway Region. Being the closest NJ region to New York City means The Gateway Region includes a lot of the more densely populated towns, such as Jersey City, Patterson, Hoboken and Newark and, of course, the shortest commute times.

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Quick Facts

Livingston is located in Essex County, New Jersey – Gateway Region

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COMMUTE TIME (Hour:Minutes) ⓘ

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Car ride to NYC.


Train service to NYC.


Bus service to NYC.


People per square mile gives you an idea of how much breathing room a town has. NYC has around 27,000 while a well equipped walkable town might have around 5,000. Smaller towns with more single family homes and large yards usually have under 1,000. Click on more info below to see where we get our data. 


Population estimate, July 1, 2019


Square miles


People per square mile


Median cost to rent or own is basically the average cost of renting or owning per month in any given town. It’s not exact. Median values include the most expensive dwellings and the cheapest dwellings all averaged together, but with some weight added to higher concentrations in the data set. Just gives you some basic basis of comparison between towns. Click on more info below to see where we get our data.


Median gross rent, 2014-2018


Median selected monthly owner costs – with a mortgage, 2014-2018


Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2014-2018


Approximate tax on $100K of home value. Ex: If you pay $500K for a house, multiply the number in the left column by 5 to get an idea of what you will have to pay each year in property taxes.


Property taxes per $100,000 in home value.


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High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2014-2018


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Persons under 18 years


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The Full Story of Livingston, NJ

What is it like living in Livingston, NJ?

Spread across a hilly 14 square miles, yet within an easy commute to NYC, Livingston is a middle- to upper-middle-income town of about 30,000 residents, known for its outstanding school district, ample green space, abundance of cultural and recreational opportunities supported by a competent municipal government, and one of the area’s best hospitals, St. Barnabas Medical Center, with a strong network of nearby doctors.

That’s Livingston in a nutshell!

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Like many post-World War II suburbs, Livingston lacks a traditional old main street, but it does have two major shopping areas along stretches of Livingston Avenue (about one mile apart), containing a mix of local businesses and national chain stores. Along South Livingston Avenue (the older of these areas) is a ShopRite supermarket and a number of popular restaurants and small stores. A mile north, near Mt. Pleasant Avenue (Rte.10), are several blocks of small strip malls (parking in front), as well as Livingston Town Center, a contemporary and attractive red-brick, mixed-use development with 28 stores and restaurants as well as 114 luxury townhouses and apartments, which lends additional vitality to the town. Mt. Pleasant Avenue bisects Livingston Avenue (creating the dividing line between North and South Livingston Avenue) and itself offers an array of big-box stores. Livingston Town Center and Northfield Center are both conducive to browsing at shops, stopping for a cup of coffee and a bagel, and sitting outside with neighbors; students often congregate in these areas after school. And if you feel like the mall experience, the Livingston Mall has more than 100 stores; the high-end Mall at Short Hills (in Short Hills) is about a 10-minute drive south of the center of town.

Along Livingston Avenue between these two bustling shopping areas is a large municipal complex called Memorial Park that includes Livingston’s Town Hall and Library, Livingston High School, and Littell People’s Park. The centerpiece of this area is the Oval, a collection of fields for various sports, where residents meet to walk around the jogging track that encircles it or to attend a show at the gazebo.



Livingston is known for its outstanding school district. Many residents who grew up in town return to Livingston to raise their own families, a testament to the strength of the schools. There are six elementary schools: Burnet Hill Elementary (Pre-K-5, 459 students), Collins Elementary (K-5, 463 students), Harrison Elementary (K-5, 465 students), Hillside Elementary (K-5, 403 students), Mt. Pleasant Elementary (K-5, 436 students), and Riker Hill Elementary (K-5, 398 students). Mount Pleasant Middle School houses Livingston’s 484 6th graders. Livingston’s 994 7th and 8th graders attend Heritage Middle School. Livingston High School has 1,907 students in grades 9-12. The Livingston Library is a hub of activity and offers many programs in the arts, self-help, book clubs and more. 


Parks and Recreation

Almost anywhere in Livingston is within a five-minute drive of the northern section of South Mountain Reservation, a 2,047-acre County park that has expanded over the years to include a zoo, an ice-skating arena, minigolf and regular golf, a reservoir with a walking path around it and paddle boats for rent, a dog park, and natural areas with waterfalls, 20 miles of trails for walking and hiking, and 27 miles of carriage roads. Because it sits on a ridge 500 feet above sea level, the reservation offers spectacular views of the NYC skyline.  

Livingston itself has more than 470 acres of parkland. Memorial Park includes a 10-acre nature preserve, East Hills Park is a 55-acre wooded park with a dog park and a 1.5-mile trail with fitness stations along the way, Prospect Park has hiking and mountain biking trails, and Riker Hill Art Park (with artists’ studios and outdoor sculpture) connects to Becker Park, which also has trails. The Woods at Maple Avenue are perfect for an easy walk on paved paths. Littell People’s Park, by the Oval, has a popular playground. Senior, Youth and Leisure Services runs the two municipal pools, exceptional programming throughout the year, and several different town-wide summer day camps. Livingston has many sports leagues—including soccer, football, lacrosse, field hockey, cheerleading, swim team, and basketball—that play on the many municipal fields and courts. Livingston Skate Park is open to residents.The town has added bike lanes to numerous neighborhoods.


Dining and Nightlife

Nero’s Grille, Calabria Pizzeria, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, Pizzeta Enoteca, and Marra’s serve Italian Food and are family favorites. Greek and Mediterranean food is served up at Lithos Estiatorio, Mezza, Thavma, and The Greek Place. The historic Landmark is a hometown favorite pub that doubles as a gathering place after events and games. The Ritz Diner and Livingston Diner are both very popular in the community, offering traditional diner food all day.  Nana’s Deli and Eppes Essen are both well-known restaurants that offer Jewish-style deli. Livingston Bagel and Seymour’s Café are two very “happening” breakfast and lunch spots in town. Livingston also has four Dunkin’ Donuts, two Starbucks (one is a drive-thru), Shake Shack, and numerous pizzerias.

Livingston is not known for a big nightlife scene, but many frequent the bars at The Landmark, Nero’s Grille, and Pizzeta. The younger set generally travels to Morristown for nightlife.


Arts and Culture

The arts are alive and well in Livingston, with the Livingston Symphony Orchestra and two theater groups: Children’s Theatre of Livingston and Livingston Community Players. The gazebo at the Oval hosts Music Under the Stars Concerts during the summer and provides a venue for many cultural events during the year. The Arts Council of Livingston is an active nonprofit promoting the arts. Riker Hill Art Park is a former US missile tracking base that has been converted to artists’ studios, which are open to the public twice a year..


Housing Stock

Over the past few years Livingston real estate has been booming, with not enough homes for sale and high demand. As quickly as desirable homes come onto the market, they are sold, often above asking price. Livingston consists almost entirely of single-family, post-World War II houses with ample yards. Most residents own their own homes. Some buyers purchase condominiums in Livingston Town Center, or rent at the prestigious Regency Club or ParkVue at Livingston. Property taxes are on the high side, supporting the strong consistent municipal services and schools. 


The Commute

Livingston is conveniently located between two major thoroughfares. Interstate 280 runs along the township’s northern corner and is the route for the 10-minute drive to the PATH train station in Harrison, which will take you to the WTC Station in lower Manhattan in 20 minutes. State Route 24 (on the southern border) leads to I-78 and Newark airport. Livingston does not have a NJ Transit train station, so commuters sometimes use the NJ Transit train stations in the surrounding towns of South Orange (fastest train to NY Penn Station takes 31 minutes; $7.25 one-way, monthly commuter pass $210), Summit (fastest train to NY Penn Station takes 41 minutes; $9.75 one-way, monthly pass $298), or Millburn (35 minutes; $8.50 one-way, monthly pass $254). The township sponsors a jitney service ($2 per trip or $70 per month) from the Livingston Mall to the South Orange station.

The famous Jersey shore beaches are an hour’s drive on the Garden State Parkway, and with no traffic you can drive to NYC in half an hour.


Livingston has numerous neighborhoods, many dictated by the closest elementary school. You can look at Livingston as a square that can be divided into four sections, each with its own personality. On the southwest side of town is the Burnet Hill area, which includes the prestigious Coventry neighborhood, with sprawling homes on large properties. In the Hillside area in the center of town you’ll find “the Battle Streets,” an older neighborhood with many colonial homes. The Broadlawn neighborhood, near the Mount Pleasant School complex, has many spacious split levels, along with a wide variety of other homes. The “T” streets (streets that begin with the letter T) and the area leading up to Harrison Elementary School offer a broad variety of housing types—from ranches to large split levels and colonials, with many renovated homes—and is within walking distance of temples and the town center. In the most northeastern section of town, Bel Air and Laurel Hills are both prestigious areas with very large homes on large properties, as well as many newer contemporary homes. In the center of town, Livingston Town Center has a development of townhouses and apartments for rent and is a very convenient area for walkers. The most southeastern section of town includes Chestnut Hill, where the streets are named after colleges and the homes are very large, many newly renovated, and many with sweeping views of the west.