Millburn, NJ

What We Love About Millburn

  • Great school system
  • Wide range of beautiful parks and gardens
  • Impressive shopping options
  • Paper Mill Playhouse
  • Midtown Direct train service to NYC

Millburn is located in Essex County, New Jersey.

Millburn is part of The Gateway Region of NJ and is only a short car ride from New York City at just 35 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

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

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Quick facts about Millburn:

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


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


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


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Persons under 18 years


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The Full Story of Millburn, NJ

What is it like living in Millburn, NJ?

Millburn is one of northern New Jersey’s most affluent towns, nicely walkable, with an excellent school system and beautiful parks and gardens. That said, you can still find neighborhoods here that are solidly middle class (near downtown and the border with Maplewood) in addition to wealthy areas (particularly in Short Hills, an unincorporated community within Millburn Township). Downtown Millburn is bustling and great for a stroll, with lots of restaurants, cafes, and shops along Essex Street, Main Street, and Millburn Avenue. A few blocks from downtown is one of NJ’s best-known theaters, the Paper Mill Playhouse, which presents top-notch Broadway-style productions. Short Hills has its own shopping area along a stretch of Millburn Avenue, as well as the upscale showcase Mall at Short Hills. There’s a Trader Joe’s and ShopRite in Millburn and a Kings in Short Hills.

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Millburn has one of the best public school systems in the state. The five elementary schools covering grades K-4 are Deerfield Elementary (438 students), Glenwood Elementary (362 students), Hartshorn Elementary (404 students), Wyoming Elementary (327 students), and South Mountain Elementary (318 students), which also has Pre-K. Washington houses the town’s 407 5th graders. Millburn Middle School (grades 6-8) has 1,137 students; Millburn Senior High School (grades 9-12) 1,385 students. There are also several private schools, including the well-known Pingry School.


Parks and Recreation

Millburn has an unusually large collection of well-kept public parks and gardens. South Mountain Reservation contains parts of Millburn, with a major entry point directly adjacent to downtown. A 2,047-acre County park, the reservation 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.  

Near the center of town, 16-acre Taylor Park has a large playground, a duck pond, basketball and tennis courts, a baseball diamond, and walking paths. The Rahway River runs through it. Hobart Avenue Park has a baseball field and play area.

In Short Hills, Gero Park has a public pool, tennis courts, golf course, and baseball fields. Near Gero Park, the East Orange Golf Course is another place to practice your swing. Extending out from the reservation, Old Short Hills Park has more open fields for sports. Short Hills also has two notable nonprofit-run green spaces: Greenwood Gardens, a large, beautifully preserved private garden from the early 1900s, and Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary, a small, hilly woodland (with adjacent gardens) that is perfect for a quiet nature walk. Both offer educational programs.


Dining and Nightlife

In a town of many restaurants, some quite fancy, Millburn’s best-known may be a deli. Patrons from many towns visit the Millburn Deli for its large, elaborate sandwiches. Other downtown favorites include several Italian restaurants (Basilico, La Strada, La Pergola, and Cara Mia) as well as more informal eateries such as Pita on Essex, Liv Breads, and Saigon Cafe. Common Lot is an excellent New American restaurant that attracts diners from all over the state and beyond. Right by Taylor Park, MoonShine Modern Supper Club is a large, bustling place for a night of cocktails and fine dining. 

In addition to Boccone South and Khun Thai, Short Hills has Boxcar Bar, right in the historic Short Hills train station. Par440 Restaurant and Lounge, on the grounds of the East Orange Golf Course, offers live music, a bar, and dining.


Arts and Culture

Established in 1938, the 1,200-seat Paper Mill Playhouse is one of the oldest and best-known  regional theaters in the country. It produces all of its own shows, many pre-Broadway productions and revivals of notable musicals. The multiplex Millburn Cinemas, a downtown fixture, closed during the pandemic, and it is not clear if it will reopen. The Millburn-Short Hills Historical Society maintains a small museum in the historic Short Hills train station.


Housing Stock 

Millburn has mostly single-family homes, the fanciest of which tend to be in Short Hills. However, there are smaller, modest homes on small lots near downtown, in areas such as the Wyoming neighborhood, near the Wyoming School.

Millburn has several small, two-story garden apartment complexes and just a few small apartment buildings. Mera Commons is a two-story apartment building that offers rentals in downtown Millburn near the train station. What may be the community’s first larger luxury rental apartment building is slated to open in early 2021—the 200-unit Upton in Short Hills, adjacent to the Mall at Short Hills.  


The Commute

Millburn has two train stations: one downtown and the other in Short Hills. And residents of the Wyoming section are closer to a third station, in adjacent Maplewood, with jitney service to and from the station available for $125 per year. You can get Midtown Direct service from Short Hills to NY Penn Station in as little as 38 minutes and from Millburn Station in as little as 35 minutes. Price is $8.50 one-way, monthly pass $254, from either station. Paid parking, primarily by permit, is available to residents at each station. 

You can take the NJ Transit #70 bus from Main Street at Taylor Park and switch to the #114 bus in Springfield that will take you to Port Authority in NYC.

Driving time to lower Manhattan is about 40 minutes (not accounting for frequent traffic delays). 


Bordering Maplewood and south of the reservation, Millburn’s historic Wyoming neighborhood is a more affordable area with modest homes on smaller lots, where families can still take advantage of Millburn’s school system. The South Mountain neighborhood—east of Main Street and south of Millburn Avenue—is also on the more affordable side. Then there’s Millburn Center, around downtown. Short Hills, west of the reservation, contains fancier neighborhoods. Glenwood is in the southern part of Short Hills and within walking distance of downtown and both train stations. Bordering Glenwood, Hartshorn (also known as Old Short Hills) is one of the wealthiest areas, with beautiful historic estates. At the northern end of Short Hills, bordering on Livingston and West Orange, the Deerfield neighborhood is also very exclusive, with multimillion-dollar estates. Poets Section, near the Mall at Short Hills, seems to attract young families. Other neighborhoods are White Oak Ridge, Knollwood, Brookhaven, Mountaintop, Merrywood,  and Old Short Hills Estates.