Located in Essex County, Orange Township retains an urban feel from its history as an industrial city. Named for the ruling house of Britain (House of Orange), it was formerly the home of 21 hat makers (making it known as the “hat manufacturing capital of the world”), many boot and shoe factories, and beer breweries. Since Orange had easy access to markets and affordable housing, many small and medium-sized businesses were formed in this area. Notable firms that began in Orange are the Monroe Calculating Company and the Bates Manufacturing Company, which produced office accessories such as staplers and stampers. Most industry left Orange by the 1960s. Today, it is an area experiencing urban renewal.
Bisected by I-280, with easy access to the Garden State Parkway and NJ Transit trains, Orange is relatively small at just 2.2 square miles. It is bordered by East Orange, South Orange and West Orange, collectively known as “The Oranges.”
Two main avenues, each on one side of the I-280 split, are the main commercial thoroughfares in Orange—Central Avenue and Main Street. Beautiful Orange Park on Central Avenue signals your entry into Orange from East Orange.
Orange is also home to Arts Unbound, a non-profit organization that provides visual arts education and professional development for emerging artists. It is dedicated to promoting the work of artists with disabilities and providing artistic enrichment for seniors, in its studio and art gallery.
Housing in Orange, NJ
It is home to approximately 33,000 people with a median household income of $43,175. There are single-family homes, multi-family homes, townhouses and condos, and a large apartment rental market. The median home price in Orange is $448,900 and average real estate taxes around $8500.
The township’s racial mix brings with it a variety of cuisines to its restaurants: Spanish, Mexican, Creole, Southern, West Indian, and Italian.
There are a lot of things to do in Orange, with basketball, art classes, bowling, senior aerobic classes, bingo, dancing, and jazz concerts. Book worms can enjoy the Orange Public Library, which circulates more than 56,000 items annually. A full list of events is available on the official website.
Orange is the home town of baseball player Monte Irvin, heavyweight boxer Tony Galento, and actors William Bendix and Roy Scheider.
The Orange Board of Education serves public school students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. The district has eleven schools: seven elementary schools (a mix of pre-k through 7, K through 7, and grades 2-7); Orange Preparatroy Academy (grades 8 and 9); and two high schools—Orange High School and the Career and Innovation Academy of Orange. There is also the Orange Early Childhood Center.
The academics are very good in the Orange Public School system, which earned accreditation as being the gold standard for measuring and evaluating school performances. Orange Public School students are required to do summer reading and writing projects to maintain their academic skills; there is a required dress code for each grade.
This district is an SDA District, which means the state covers all costs for school building and renovation projects under the supervision of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority.
Transportation in Orange, NJ
The Orange and Highland Avenue stations provide New Jersey Transit train services. There are also many bus routes for easy access to Newark and other local areas. Orange is accessible by car via the Garden State Parkway and I-280 which connects it with the NJ Turnpike. It is also very close to Newark-Liberty International Airport.
For more information on Orange, NJ visit: http://www.ci.orange.nj.us/