The township was named for William Livingston, the first Governor of New Jersey, with his family's coat of arms as its seal.
Today, around 28,000 people live in this suburban community, which lies around an hour from New York City. Its school system, which had last been nationally recognized in 1998, and other programs have been drawing new residents to the town. Its population has maintained a level of diversity while the residents continue the tradition of community volunteerism.
Although largely a bedroom community, there are many stores and restaurants located in Livingston, in three main shopping areas.
The first area is located in the center of the town. It stretches along Livingston Avenue from Route 10 to Northfield Avenue. Historically, the area has been dominated by small local stores, but retains some chain stores including Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, and ShopRite. With the addition of Livingston Town Center, classified as mixed-use development, new restaurants have opened as well, adding to the large number of locally owned establishments.
The second area is the Livingston Mall located at the south-western corner of the town. Macy's, Lord & Taylor and Sears department stores are anchors in the original three wings of the mall. The fourth wing was added in 2008 as a new home of Barnes & Noble.
The third shopping area is located on Livingston's outskirts on the western side. It begins the Route 10 shopping corridor that extends to East Hanover. The corridor is home of many major big-box stores such as REI, Home Depot, and Costco. Many restaurants are located here, including both chain restaurants such as Chipotle Mexican Grill and locally owned delis and restaurants. Many of these stores are located within East Hanover's border.
There are two large and well-known supermarkets in town, the aforementioned ShopRite and King's, but are complemented by other large stores including the Rt 10 Farmer's Market and Cost Plus World Market. Additional food stores such as Kam Man Food (an Asian food supermarket), and Whole Foods are located in neighboring towns.
Percentage change from latest quarter vs same time period previous year
Data compiled using 2nd quarter 2018 data vs. same period from 2017
|RATING*||SCHOOL NAME||GRADES||SCHOOL TYPE|
|4||Burnet Hill School||Preschool - 5th Grade||Public|
|5||Riker Hill Elementary School||Kindergarten - 5th Grade||Public|
|5||Harrison Elementary School||Kindergarten - 5th Grade||Public|
|5||Mt Pleasant Elementary||Kindergarten - 5th Grade||Public|
|4||Collins Elementary School||Kindergarten - 5th Grade||Public|
|4||Hillside Elementary School||Kindergarten - 5th Grade||Public|
|4||Heritage Middle School||7th Grade - 8th Grade||Public|
|4||Liberty Middle School||7th Grade - 8th Grade||Public|
|4||Livingston Sr High School||9th Grade - 12th Grade||Public|
|N/A||Aquinas Academy||Preschool - 8th Grade||Catholic/Religious|
|N/A||Jewish Community Center Metrowest Ross Campus||Preschool - Kindergarten||Private/Charter|
|N/A||Sinai Schools Maor||Private/Charter|
|N/A||Jewish Community Center Of Metro West||Preschool - Preschool||Private/Charter|
|N/A||Tutor Time Childcare Learning Center||Preschool - Kindergarten||Private/Charter|
|N/A||Clock Work Learning Center||Preschool - Kindergarten||Private/Charter|
|N/A||Horizon School||Preschool - 9th Grade||Private/Charter|
|N/A||Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy||Preschool - 12th Grade||Private/Charter|
|N/A||Newark Academy||6th Grade - 12th Grade||Private/Charter|
|N/A||Sinai Special Needs Institute-Maor||Private/Charter|
|N/A||Stepping Stones School - The Arc Of Essex County||Preschool - 2Nd Grade||Private/Charter|
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