Union, New Jersey Education and City Information

Union, NJ, is located approximately 15 miles from New York City. This diverse community is home to Kean University. Read the article for more information about the town, its economy and education options.

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Information about Union, New Jersey

The Battle of Connecticut Farms, one of the final skirmishes between British and American soldiers in the Revolutionary War, was fought in what is now the township of Union. Based on the 2014 U.S. Census, Union had a population of 68,668. Fifty-eight percent of residents identified as white, a little over 5 percent as black or African American and about 2.5 percent as Asian. Additionally, 85% also identified as Hispanic or Latino as of 2010.

Union County has upwards of 36 parks and playgrounds, including over a dozen tennis parks, several softball fields, picnic groves and a street hockey facility. Union is also home to the Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University. This former home of William Livingston, who signed the U.S. Constitution and was New Jersey's first elected governor, has grown from 14 to 50 rooms since its construction in 1772 and features antique furniture, toys, tools and other objects owned by the various families who lived there.

Union Educational Opportunities

Kean University in Union had a student population of more than 14,350 as of Fall 2014. Students at this public institution can pursue bachelor's through doctoral degrees, as well as post-master's certificates.

Within a 25-mile commute of Union, students will find nearly more than 40 public and private nonprofit colleges and universities. These include Rutgers University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology, both in Newark; Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ; and Pace University and New York University, both in New York City There also are several 2-year schools within this radius, including Essex County College in Newark, Middlesex County College in Edison, NJ, and Hudson County Community College in Jersey City.

Union Economy

The opening of a train station in Union's Green Lane neighborhood has been doubly beneficial for the town, making the commute to New York City more direct and leading to a revitalized neighborhood with numerous residential communities. Additionally, the newly opened Union Center has brought numerous businesses to the area, providing dining, entertainment, shopping and services, ranging from banks and dry cleaners to dance schools and nail salons.

Union also has benefited from domestic merchandise retailer Bed Bath & Beyond's recent relocation of its headquarters to the township. This move created more than 400 local jobs.

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