Montgomery, NJ

What We Love About Montgomery

  • Mix of rural and suburban environment, with a genteel atmosphere
  • Plenty of open space and demonstrated commitment to nature preservation
  • Many local parks for sports and hiking
  • Excellent school system, with Blue Ribbon School of Excellence high school
  • Great place to raise a family, with plenty of youth enrichment activities
  • Nearby Princeton Junction train station with access to New York City and Philadelphia
  • Diverse housing stock for different budgets
  • Proximity to Princeton and New Brunswick’s excellent arts and cultural offerings

Montgomery is located in Somerset County, New Jersey – move to New Jersey!

From NYC it takes barely an hour to get here by car. Montgomery 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

Montgomery is located in Somerset County, New Jersey – Skylands Region – an hour from NYC by car.

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Quick facts about Montgomery Township:

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.

Compare tax rates in Montgomery Township area.


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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


Persons 65 years and over


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Walking and Biking Score

NOTE: All scores over 50 are actually good! Scores under 50 mean you would have a more difficult time

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Political Climate in New Jersey

As for most of New Jersey fewer than half of registered voters actually vote and most of the elections are decided by a fairly tight margin. Historically New Jersey has elected more Republicans to office; however, in recent elections conservatives are being edged out somewhat, in part because there are fewer registered Republicans than Democrats in most of the state. About 80% of the counties have more registered Democrats than Republicans, but elections are still tight. In general Republicans are better at getting out the vote on election night than Democrats. 

Somerset County Voting Results by Town


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Walking and Biking Score – any score over 50 is good​

The Full Story of Montgomery, NJ

Safe, diverse, sophisticated, yet low-key Montgomery Township in Somerset County is known for its vast open space and its combination of a suburban and rural feel. The town celebrates its commitment to nature preservation with its many parks and premier hiking spots, including Skillman Park and a portion of Sourland Mountain Preserve. With a strong recreation department and a Blue Ribbon high school, Montgomery attracts many young and growing families. Compared to Hopewell or Princeton’s lively downtown scenes, Montgomery does not have a traditional downtown area: Montgomery’s de facto downtown is the central Village Shoppes at Montgomery complex on Rte. 206, with a ShopRite, some multicultural restaurants, the Tiger’s Tale bar, and a Thomas Sweet ice cream parlor with live music on weekends. But with the bustling destination town of Princeton just 10-15 minutes away, Montgomery residents easily and often find themselves shopping or dining there, or in Hillsborough or Bridgewater (Bridgewater Commons Mall is 25 minutes away). For this reason, a car is essential here. 

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While the pace of Montgomery is slow, and there’s not much of an arts scene—besides the Montgomery Performing Arts Center (MPAC) for theater and live music—the vibrant arts and nightlife offerings of Princeton and New Brunswick are close at hand. Montgomery’s historical society traces a heritage with roots in the Revolutionary War. Montgomery’s central location allows easy access to other Somerset County towns, as well as Mercer County to the south, Hunterdon County to the west, and New York. Many Montgomery residents commute to jobs in New York City or Philadelphia. The nearby Princeton Junction NJ Transit train is a great option to reach New York in under two hours.

Housing stock in Montgomery is diverse, with mid- to high-end single-family homes in Belle Mead and Skillman, as well as affordable housing options like Pike Run and Hillside at Montgomery.



Montgomery Township School District consists of five schools serving students from pre-K through 12th grade. The public elementary schools are Orchard Hill Elementary School (866 students, pre-K-2) and Village Elementary School (679 students, grades 3-4). The public middle schools are Montgomery Lower Middle School (708 students, grades 5-6) and Montgomery Upper Middle School (826, grades 7-8). Montgomery High School serves 1,640 students in grades 9-12, and students also have the option of attending Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School either part-time or full-time to pursue a technical career path such as plumbing, performing arts, or health sciences.

Notable private schools in the area are Princeton Day School, Stuart Country Day School, The Lawrenceville School, The Hun School of Princeton, Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart, and The Wilberforce School.

Nearby institutions of higher education include Princeton University, The College of New Jersey, Rutgers University, Rider University, Westminster Choir College, and Raritan Valley Community College.


Parks and Recreation

Montgomery is committed to maintaining ample open space. Notable parks include Montgomery Veterans Park, which has several playgrounds and a basketball court along with walking trails, and Van Horne Park, which has softball fields, lacrosse fields, and a picnic pavilion area. The Sourland Mountain Preserve is also quite close, with hiking trails of all difficulties. Somerset County’s Skillman Park is bicycle-friendly and has a dog park and an easy 2.2 mile walking loop.

The headquarters of the township’s Recreation  Department, the Otto Kaufman Community Center hosts educational and health and wellness programs for adults and seniors, including fitness, swimming, yoga, and even music lessons. The Recreation Department also runs various youth summer camps, including sports camps such as tennis, lacrosse, and gymnastics, and creative camps centered around chess, cooking, or film, as well as after-school classes like dance and taekwondo. Also notable is the department’s “Rec N Crew” camp, a day camp for children in grades 1-8 where they play board games, make arts and crafts, play sports, and go on frequent field trips. 

Cherry Valley Country Club offers golf, tennis, swimming, a fitness center, along with a resort-style pool and fine dining. It also is home to one of the most extensive youth golf programs in the state, along with its own kids’ summer day camp. 

Princeton Airport (at the border of Princeton and Montgomery) is a small, privately owned and non-commercial airport that offers flying lessons.


Dining and Nightlife

The downtown Village Shoppes at Montgomery shopping center has plenty of reasonably priced restaurants, including Mooyah Burgers, Ricky’s Thai restaurant, and Chinese food at Ya Ya Noodles. Also popular in town are Mori Sushi, and Bagel Barn for breakfast. Pizza is quite popular in Montgomery, with top picks including Genteel’s Trattoria Pizzeria, Beniamino’s Cucina, New World Pizza, as well as the nearby Alfonso’s Pizzeria, just over the border in Princeton. If you venture a bit further beyond Montgomery, Conte’s Pizza and Bar in Princeton and Antimo’s Italian Kitchen in adjacent Hopewell will surely fulfill your pizza cravings.

Great higher-end restaurants include Aja Asian Cuisine and Lounge off Route 206 and

Rocky Hill Inn and Tavern with American pub fare, right over the border in Rocky Hill. 

Some of the higher-end options in nearby Princeton include Mistral, with its Modern-Global cuisine, and Elements, with an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients and a five-course offering that changes daily. Both are ranked on NJ Monthly’s statewide top 30.

For nightlife, the Tiger’s Tale Bar & Grill is often bustling with folks eager for some good food and spirits. Thomas Sweet in the Montgomery Shopping Center features live music on weekends along with their famous ice cream blend-ins and shakes. Montgomeryites often head to Princeton for a night out, where Thomas Sweet in Palmer Square also has live music, and its competitors Halo Pub and the Bent Spoon offer fantastic cold treats, too. You’ll find food, drinks, and live music at Princeton’s Triumph Brewery, or stop at Ivy Inn for just drinks.


Arts and Culture

Located in Montgomery High School, the Montgomery Performing Arts Center (MPAC) hosts professional music, theater, and dance performances—with a Family Favorites series and a Major Performance series scheduled from September through May—as well as student plays. Montgomery Township runs its annual Fourth of July fireworks on the front lawn of the high school, with live bands and local food vendors. The Blawenburg Band (at the time of this writing actively seeking musicians!) is one of the oldest and most active community bands in New Jersey. 

The Van Harlingen Historical Society works to preserve the rich heritage of the Montgomery area, with a library of historical archives at the Dirck Gulick House, and a farm museum at the Voorhees-Opie barn that has a renovated sleigh, an assortment of farm tools, and historical household items such as milk pails and butter churns. The Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum documents the contributions, culture, and experience of Central New Jersey’s Sourland Mountain region’s African American community.

In the neighboring borough of Rocky Hill, the Mary Jacobs Memorial Library (a branch library of the Somerset County library system) hosts plenty of events for families and students, with live music and a student reading program in the summer, a LEGO Club, arts and crafts, and baby/toddler story time. 

Fifteen minutes away in Princeton you’ll find the McCarter Theatre and the free and public Princeton University Art Museum, as well as the arthouse film offerings of Princeton Garden Theater. A 30-minute drive gets you to New Brunswick, which has a thriving arts and culture scene, including the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, the State Theatre, first-rate jazz performances, Rutgers’ Zimmerli Art Museum, and Rutgers’ myriad lectures, concerts, films, and other cultural offerings. Trenton’s Passage Theater (30 minutes away) also hosts dynamic live performances. Just north on Route 206 are mainstream films at Hillsborough Cinemas.

Housing Stock

Montgomery offers a variety of housing options, with many high-end luxury homes as well as an increasing amount of affordable housing. Medium- to high-end single-family homes for sale can be found within the master-planned Cherry Valley community, Spring Hill Road, and off Route 518 in Skillman. Also notable are Aster Court, Jamestown Road, and Dutchtown Harlingen Road in Belle Mead. Affordable for-sale condos include Montgomery Ridge Condos, Montgomery Glen Condos, and McKinley Court Condos at Montgomery Hills.

Affordable rental housing can be found at Pike Run, The Grove at Montgomery, and Hillside at Montgomery. Senior (55+) housing options include Clubside at Cherry Valley and Tapestry at Montgomery.


The Commute

Many Montgomery residents commute into New York City or Philadelphia for work, either by driving directly or by driving 20 minutes to the train at Princeton Junction Station in West Windsor, where you can connect to the Northeast Corridor line to Trenton, New York City, Newark, and New Brunswick. The trip to NY Penn ($16 one-way; $451 monthly pass) can take as little as 52 minutes or as much as 1.5 hours. For train service on both weekdays and weekends direct to Penn Station NYC, Amtrak takes about 50 minutes. Amtrak rates vary, so try to book in advance. 

For Amtrak travel to Philadelphia direct from Princeton Junction, expect the trip to take about 45 minutes. NJ Transit is less expensive to Philly ($5 one way; $145 monthly pass) but it is more complicated and time-consuming (you have to take one train from Princeton Junction to Trenton Transit Center and then transfer to a second SEPTA train into Philly). Sometimes the timing is so tight that you miss the transfer to the second train and have to wait for another one in Trenton, so make sure you leave extra travel time.

Montgomery’s only public transportation is the NJ Transit 605 bus, which runs down Rte. 206 from Orchard Road to Montgomery Shopping Center, all the way to Nassau Street in Princeton, to Princeton Market Fair Mall (with an AMC dine-in movie theater), and finally to the Quaker Bridge Mall in Lawrence Township.

The main highway running through town (Rte. 206) will take you south to Princeton and north to Hillsborough, Bridgewater, and Somerville. Drive time to NYC is 1.5 hours, to Philly 1 hour,  and to Newark Airport 55 minutes.


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