Westfield is consistently ranked as one of the safest US cities, and according to Niche.com.
Westfield, a charming suburb in Union County, is one of New Jersey’s most desired locations. Rich with historical character, a highly-rated public school system and a vibrant downtown that boasts over 40+ restaurants (plus a wide mix of boutiques and national retail stores) – it’s no surprise that over 30k residents are proud to call Westfield home.
Westfield is consistently ranked as one of the safest US cities, and according to Niche.com, Westfield pulled in several other impressive rankings:
- #11 of 415: Best Suburbs to Live in NJ
- #15 of 647: Best Places to Live in NJ
- #15 of 415: Best Suburbs to Raise a Family in NJ
Westfield is divided into two sections: the South Side, which borders Clark, and the North Side which borders Springfield and route 22. Echo Lake Park borders Westfield, and Tamaques Park is a center of local outdoor activities on the South Side.
Westfield Public Schools educates approximately 6,000 students across 10 schools, making for a 12.6:1 student teacher ratio. The district has a central kindergarten, six neighborhood elementary schools (grades 1-5), two middle schools (grades 6-8), and one high school (grades 9-12).
Perhaps Westfield’s litany of Colonials and Victorians inspired one of its most famous former residents, Charles Addams, the cartoonist behind the beloved series, The Addams Family. In his honor, Westfield hosts its annual Addams Fest, a family-friendly Halloween event featuring exhibits, lectures, film screenings and a masquerade among other things.
Westfield also hosts the Spring Fling and FestiFall, among many others townwide events. Looking for outdoor fun? Nature fans flock to Gumbert Park, Lenape Park, Mindowaskin Park and Tamaques Park for calm reconnection with the world around us.
Westfield is a commuter favorite, located just 16 miles southwest of Manhattan. Along the Raritan Valley Line, NJ Transit (NJT) provides service from the Westfield Train Station to Newark Penn Station and NY Penn Station. Additionally, the NJT #113 bus provides direct service to NYC Port Authority seven days a week from the town center, taking approximately one hour to NYC. Westfield is easily accessible by route 22 and the Garden State Parkway.
Much of Westfield’s early downtown was destroyed in a fire that began in a stationery store in 1874.