Madison, NJ

What We Love About Madison

  • Great school system
  • Midtown Direct train service to NYC
  • Nice variety of restaurants and retail shops in a charming historic setting
  • Ample parks and natural areas
  • Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center
  • Home to Fairleigh Dickinson, St. Elizabeth, and Drew Universities 
  • Wide variety of housing options, both rentals and owneroccupied

Madison is located in Morris County, New Jersey.

From NYC it takes barely 40 minutes to get here by car. Madison is part of the Skylands region of NJ, which is made up largely of farms, fairs, rivers, mountains, parks, wineries and outdoor activities. Even though you have some rural living, as with most of NJ, you are not far from shopping, groceries, dining and work.

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Quick Facts

Madison is located in Morris County, New Jersey – Skylands Region – less than an hour from NYC by car.

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Quick facts about Madison:

COMMUTE TIME (Hour:Minutes) ⓘ

These times are based on info from New Jersey Transit and Google Maps. Shortest times are given. Use our map above to calculate more accurate commute times to any address.

0:40+

Car ride to NYC.

1:00+

Train service to NYC.

n/a

Bus service to NYC.

SIZE ⓘ

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. 

17,654

Population estimate, July 1, 2019

4.21

Square miles

3,768

People per square mile

HOUSING ⓘ

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.

$1,807

Median gross rent, 2014-2018

$3,654

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

$724,700

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

PROPERTY TAX ⓘ

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.

$2,005

Property taxes per $100,000 in home value.

EDUCATION ⓘ

Gives you the ability to quickly see how much of a town has graduated from high school or higher ed. Click on more info below to see where we get our data.

95.40%

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

67.20%

Bachelor’s degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2014-2018

INCOME ⓘ

Gives you an idea of how much people make in this town compared to other towns you look at. Click on more info below to see where we get our data.

$146,157

Median household income (in 2018 dollars), 2014-2018

AGE DISTRIBUTION ⓘ

Gives you an idea of how old your neighbors might be. Click on more info below to see where we get our data.

22.60%

Persons under 18 years

14.30%

Persons 65 years and over

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The Full Story of Madison, NJ

What is it like living in Madison, NJ?

Madison is a picturesque town of 16,000 residents in a four-square-mile area in the northeastern section of Morris County, only 25 miles from Manhattan. A middle- to upper-middle-class community with a solid school system, Madison prides itself on its residents’ civic engagement, its multiple active and passive recreation spots, its charming and vibrant historic downtown full of retail shops, and its eclectic restaurant scene along Main Street and Waverly Place. Most of downtown—including the magnificent train station across the street from the equally stunning Madison Borough Hall in the Hartley Dodge Memorial Building—is part of the Madison Civic Commercial Historic District, which is on the State Register of Historic Places. Madison is a walkable borough, from end to end.

That’s Madison in a nutshell!

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Not far from downtown are the MadisonFlorham Park campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University, St. Elizabeth University just next door, and Drew University, which is also home to the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. The Madison Area YMCA, a community hub for all ages, is a short walk from downtown. The borough has a Stop & Shop and Whole Foods Market. St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center rescues animals from overcrowded shelters across the state and is home to a nationally renowned Training and Behavior Center. At Madison’s western border, Giralda Farms Corporate Park houses several major corporations.

 

Schools

Madison’s public school system has three elementary schools for kindergarten through 5th grades: Kings Road School has 308 students, Torey J. Sabatini School has 336 students, and Central Avenue School has 519 students (including preK). Madison Junior School is home to 626 6th –8th graders, and Madison High School has 870 students in 9th12th grades. St. Vincent Martyr School (Catholic) offers preK through 8th grade. 

The Free Public Library of the Borough of Madison offers adults collegelevel courses through its partnership with Drew University’s Minicourses program. The borough is home to the Adult School of the Chathams, Madison and Florham Park.

 

Parks and Recreation

Madison is within a 10minute drive of the nearly 7,800acre Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, a major attraction for hikers and birders, with more than nine miles of trails, including some boardwalk trails. Abutting the National Wildlife Refuge in Chatham is  the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center (run by the Morris County Parks Commission), which hosts seasonal events, summer camps, and walks on the surrounding trails.

On Drew University’s campus, the Drew Forest Reserve is a 45acre natural woodland with a selfguided nature trail that leads to the Zuck Arboretum, which includes two ponds and native gardens. A second trail leads to Hepburn Woods, which features a rotating environmental art exhibit. Loantaka Brook Reservation, part of the Morris County Park Commission, has 883 acres with 9.9 miles of trails. An access point to an alternate trail of the park, the 2.7mile Traction Line Recreation Trail is at Danforth Avenue in Madison behind Fairleigh Dickinson University. The linear trail, which runs parallel to NJ Transit railroad tracks stretching to Morristown, includes the Fit-Trail, with ten cardio and strength training stations. Wooded Summerhill Park, near Ridgedale Avenue, has 1.5 miles of hiking trails and connects to downtown. Giralda Farms Preserve Trail is a 1.5mile heavily trafficked loop trail perfect for walking and birdwatching. 

Madison has many multipurpose fields and baseball diamonds. Near downtown, the Complex at Dodge Field has football and baseball fields as well as basketball courts. The impressive Madison Recreation Complex, adjacent to the New York Jets training facility in Florham Park, has two full-size fully lighted multipurpose turf fields. The Madison Community Pool on Rosedale Avenue has a competitive swim team. Next to the pool is the outdoor Rosedale iceskating rink. Madison Golf Club on Green Avenue is a private club with a 9hole course.

 

Dining and Nightlife

Casual, haute, romantic, trendy—Madison’s restaurant scene offers something for everyone. Named for its cross streets, Central + Main has a great neighborhood feel and serves delicious classic yet sophisticated American comfort food. When you’re looking for something special, Il Mondo Vecchio should be at the top of the list, serving fine Northern Italian cuisine in an intimate setting in a historic building. Palm Thai is an excellent choice for original authentic Thai food. A fan favorite for Mediterranean cuisine is Biladi Grill. Daddy Matty’s BBQ is the real deal, and also offers a Coloradostyle Mexican twist on BBQ. The borough has four fun neighborhood grill/bars—Bottle Hill Tavern, Prospect Street Tavern, 54 Main Bar & Grille, and Rocco’s Tuscany Bar & Grill—that provide live entertainment and draw a sportswatching crowd. Shanghai Jazz is a hotspot for worldclass live jazz and Chinese/Asian fare.There’s also an oldfashioned ice cream parlor, candy store, cupcake shop, bakery, juice shop, hot dog shop, bagel cafes, diners, and specialty marketplaces such as Gary’s Wine & Marketplace, Madison Market, and Ossinos’ Market as well as chains such as Starbucks, Dunkin’, and Five Guys. Free parking is available on downtown streets and after 4 pm in all boroughowned lots.

 

Arts and Culture

New Jersey’s only professional theater company dedicated solely to Shakespeare’s canon and other classic masterworks, the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, on the grounds of Drew University, offers a spectacular annual Main Stage season at the intimate, stateoftheart F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre. An Outdoor Stage production is presented each summer at The Greek Theatre, an openair amphitheater at St. Elizabeth University in Florham Park. 

In the heart of downtown, the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts houses the Madison Visitor Center, which includes the Museum Store, where visitors will find handcrafted gifts from local artisans. The borough has a Community Arts Center (home to the Writers Theatre of New Jersey) near downtown and an active Madison Arts and Culture Alliance (MACA). Madison annually hosts a Christmas Parade, Farmers Market, Taste of Madison, Bottle Hill Day, Rose City Summer Fest, and Madison Sidewalk Gallery/Gala.

 

Housing Stock

Madison has mostly singlefamily housingfrom starter homes to large residencesoccupying 52 percent of the developed land, largely on lots well under one acre. A little over a quarter of Madison’s population are renters. Rose Hall, a recent development in the downtown area, features luxury rental apartments and condominiums. With a vibrant senior citizen community, two housing complexes and 50 townhouses are dedicated to the senior population. Tri-town 55+ Coalition is a communitybased nonprofit that addresses the needs of seniors.

 

The Commute

Rail commuters access Midtown Direct service (Morris and Essex Line) to NY Penn Station at the magnificent, historic Madison train station, and the trip can take as little as 50 minutes. A one-way ticket is $11.75; monthly passes are $336. A yearly parking permit for $450 gives you access to spots at Kings Road, Maple Street, and Prospect Street lots. Daily parking is available for $7 per day at Kings Road, Maple Street, and Train Station Crescent lots via the Boxcar app. The train line also provides service to Hoboken, with connections to lower Manhattan by the PATH train. NJ Transit bus service runs from Morris County to NYC Port Authority, local service within Morris County and local service between Morris, Essex, and Passaic counties. Average driving time to Manhattan is 55 minutes at offpeak times, 70 minutes during peak times.

Neighborhoods

Known for its stately homes, the borough’s pricier section, The Hill, runs along Woodland Road and is near the Madison Golf Club. Dellwood Park, off Woodland Road near Dellwood Pond, is known for its colonial homes. One of Madison’s original neighborhoods, Fairwood is made up of eight blocks across from Drew University and has homes with preWorld War II architecture. Oak Knoll consists of five blocks on the western side of Madison, off Park Avenue near Fairleigh Dickinson University. The Orchard neighborhood is right by Giralda Farms. Knollwood is within walking distance of the Madison Community Pool. The Fairview neighborhood is off Central Avenue. Near downtown you’ll find houses on smaller lots, multifamily housing, garden apartments, and luxury rentals.