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Livingston, New Jersey
Township
Township of Livingston
Montage: Livingston Town Center (top row), Town Hall (left row 2), street sign (right row 2), St. Barnabas Medical Center (row 3), Historic Force Homestead (left row 4) and Livingston Mall (right row 4)
Montage: Livingston Town Center (top row), Town Hall (left row 2), street sign (right row 2), St. Barnabas Medical Center (row 3), Historic Force Homestead (left row 4) and Livingston Mall (right row 4)
Official logo of Livingston, New Jersey
Township Logo
Location in Essex County and the state of New Jersey.
Location in Essex County and the state of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Livingston, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Livingston, New Jersey
Livingston, New Jersey is located in Essex County, New Jersey
Livingston, New Jersey
Livingston, New Jersey
Location in Essex County, New Jersey
Livingston, New Jersey is located in New Jersey
Livingston, New Jersey
Livingston, New Jersey
Location in New Jersey
Livingston, New Jersey is located in the United States
Livingston, New Jersey
Livingston, New Jersey
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Flag of Essex County, New Jersey.gif Essex
Incorporated February 5, 1813
Named for William Livingston
Government
 • Type Faulkner Act (council–manager)
 • Body Township Council
Area
 • Total 14.12 sq mi (36.57 km2)
 • Land 13.79 sq mi (35.70 km2)
 • Water 0.33 sq mi (0.86 km2)  2.37%
Area rank 177th of 565 in state
2nd of 22 in county
Elevation
289 ft (88 m)
Population
 • Total 29,366
 • Estimate 
(2019)
30,303
 • Rank 76th of 566 in state
9th of 22 in county
 • Density 2,132.8/sq mi (823.5/km2)
 • Density rank 281st of 566 in state
17th of 22 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
07039
Area code(s) 973
FIPS code 3401340890
GNIS feature ID 0882219

Livingston is a township in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 29,366, reflecting an increase of 1,975 (+7.2%) from the 27,391 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 782 (+2.9%) from the 26,609 counted in the 1990 Census. In 2019, the Population Estimates Program by the United States Census Bureau calculated that the township had a population of 30,303.

Livingston was incorporated as a township by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 5, 1813, from portions of Caldwell Township (now Fairfield Township) and Springfield Township (now in Union County). Portions of the original township were later taken to form Fairmount (March 11, 1862, now part of West Orange) and Roseland (March 10, 1908).

The township was named for William Livingston, the first Governor of New Jersey; his family's coat of arms served as the township's seal for many years.

The community has been one of the state's highest-income communities. Based on data from the American Community Survey for 2013–2017, township residents had a median household income of $153,381, ranked 14th in the state among municipalities with more than 10,000 residents, more than double the statewide median of $76,475.

History

Livingston's history dates back to 1699 when 101 Newark settlers wanted to move westward. They set up a committee to negotiate from Lenni Lenape Native Americans for the purchase of the Horseneck Tract which today includes Livingston and eight other municipalities to the north. Between 1698 and 1702, the rules for property ownership were unclear. There were many disputes between settlers and the English proprietors. For some unknown reasons, the Newark settlers did not obtain a grant from the proprietors before negotiating with the natives. They finally obtained the deed directly from Lenni Lenape in 1702 for £130. The settlements began until around the 1740s as the dispute between the proprietors and the settlers continued.

The dispute came to a breaking point in September 1745 when the East Jersey proprietors began to evict a settler only six months after a house fire in Newark completely destroyed the original deed, which was the only evidence of the purchase. During that period, William Livingston who was one of the few landed aristocrats joined the settlers against the proprietors. Livingston owned land around today's south western corner of the Township of Livingston. His land, like other settlers, was levied with quit rents in the amount 40 shillings per acre. He defended many settlers who were jailed for refusing to pay the quit rents.

This series of events caused the settlers, led by Timothy Meeker, to form a group to riot against the British government. The Horseneck Riots lasted for 10 years from 1745 to 1755. The group was also one of the first colonial militia which had periodic battles for 32 years leading up to the Revolutionary War as the group joined the Continental Army in 1776.

After the Revolutionary War, more permanent settlements took place with the first school built in 1783. In 1811, a petition was filed to incorporate the township from about 100 people who lived in seven distinct areas: Centerville (separated to become Roseland, in 1908), Cheapside (now Livingston Mall), Morehousetown (now Livingston Circle), Northfield (now Northfield Center), Squiretown (now the Cerebral Palsy Institute of New Jersey on Old Road), Teedtown (now Livingston Center), and Washington Place (now near the border with Millburn). On February 5, 1813, the township was officially incorporated. The first town meeting was held on the same day and they decided to run the township by a Township Committee system.

During the 1800s, lumber and farming were major industries in the town. Shoemaking and dairy became major industries during and after the Civil War respectively. However, the population grew slowly because it was not easily accessible. Mt. Pleasant Avenue – which was one of the first turnpikes in New Jersey – was the only primary access to the town through stagecoaches.

The population grew quickly after the 1920s when automobiles became more accessible. As a suburb of Newark, the town experienced many housing developments especially after World War II with its peak in 1970 of more than thirty thousand residents. During this growth period, many services were organized including volunteer Fire Department in 1922, first regular Livingstone Police chief in 1929, a Planning Commission in 1930, two hospitals opened in 1959 and 1960, new public library in 1961, and new municipal complex in 1963.

The last surviving Harrison Cider Apple tree, the most famous of the 18th century Newark cider apples was rescued from extinction in 1976 in Livingston.

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.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 14.081 square miles (36.472 km2), including 13.768 square miles (35.660 km2) of it is land and 0.313 square miles (0.812 km2) of water (2.23%) is water.

Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Cedar Ridge, Cheapside, Morehousetown, Northfield, Washington Place and West Livingston.

The Township of Livingston is located in Essex County, in the Gateway Region. In the vicinity are the Passaic River, West Orange, Millburn, and the Grover Cleveland State Historic Site in West Caldwell. Livingston is part of the New York metropolitan area.

The township is located in southwestern Essex County and is bordered to the south and west by Morris County communities Florham Park and East Hanover, Roseland to the north, West Orange to the east, and to the west by Millburn/Short Hills. The latter three communities also lie within Essex County.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 1,056
1830 1,150 8.9%
1840 1,081 −6.0%
1850 1,151 6.5%
1860 1,323 14.9%
1870 1,157 −12.5%
1880 1,401 21.1%
1890 1,197 −14.6%
1900 1,412 18.0%
1910 1,025 −27.4%
1920 1,126 9.9%
1930 3,476 208.7%
1940 5,972 71.8%
1950 9,932 66.3%
1960 23,124 132.8%
1970 30,127 30.3%
1980 28,040 −6.9%
1990 26,609 −5.1%
2000 27,391 2.9%
2010 29,366 7.2%
2020 31,330 6.7%
Population sources: 1820–1920
1840 1850–1870 1850
1870 1880–1890
1890–1910 1910–1930
1930–1990 2000 2010 2020
* = Lost territory in previous decade.

According to the 2002 results of the National Jewish Population Survey, there were 12,600 Jews in Livingston, approximately 46% of the population, one of the highest percentages of Jews in any American municipality. The neighboring towns of South Orange and Millburn also have high Jewish populations.

In a report performed by the United Way of Northern New Jersey based on 2012 data, around 14% of Livingston households were classified as "Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed" households (below a threshold of $50,000 for households below 65, below $35,000 for those over 65), struggling with basic necessities, such as housing, childcare, food, health care, and transportation, compared to 38% statewide and 47% in Essex County.

2010 Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 29,366 people, 9,990 households, and 8,272 families residing in the township. The population density was 2,132.8 per square mile (823.5/km2). There were 10,284 housing units at an average density of 746.9 per square mile (288.4/km2)*. The racial makeup of the township was 76.17% (22,367) White, 2.26% (663) Black or African American, 0.07% (20) Native American, 19.21% (5,642) Asian, 0.02% (5) Pacific Islander, 0.86% (254) from other races, and 1.41% (415) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.06% (1,192) of the population.

There were 9,990 households out of which 41.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.5% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.2% were non-families. 15.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.91 and the average family size was 3.24.

In the township, the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 21.2% from 25 to 44, 30.3% from 45 to 64, and 16.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.3 years. For every 100 females there were 94.6 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 90.1 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006–2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $129,208 (with a margin of error of +/- $6,377) and the median family income was $143,429 (+/- $10,622). Males had a median income of $100,075 (+/-$11,306) versus $71,213 (+/- $7,102) for females. The per capita income for the township was $60,577 (+/- $3,918). About 1.1% of families and 2.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.6% of those under age 18 and 1.7% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture

Performing arts

Livingston is home of several performing arts organizations:

  • Livingston Symphony Orchestra is a group of community-based performers which was formed in 1960. The symphony orchestra is currently directed by Istvan Jaray, an internationally renowned artist who appears regularly in concert halls across Europe, Canada and the United States. It holds many performances during each season.
  • Livingston Community Players is a community-based theatre organization. There has been many productions in the recent years. The performers are from local community and other places in New Jersey. Past productions, including The Sound of Music, Oliver!, and Annie, received Perry Awards from New Jersey Association of Community Theatres.
  • Children's Theatre of Livingston is a local organization that provides performance opportunities for Livingston children grades 2 to 8. The children are trained in acting roles and staging staff. It has annual performance since the first season in 2007.
  • New Jersey Ballet is a major ballet company based in Livingston. The company is recognized nationally and internationally with tours in many countries in Europe, Asia and North America. Livingston is also the headquarters of New Jersey School of Ballet which offers many classes in Ballet, Jazz and Tap.

Fine arts

Livingston has many local artists in varied forms. Local artists have support from Livingston Arts Association which is an organization formed in 1959 to promote art in the community including large scale exhibitions, demonstrations, and workshops. The organization is also a member of Art Council of Livingston which has a gallery at Livingston Town Center. The Arts Association includes numerous organizations in addition to the Arts Council of Livingston, including the NJ State Opera Guild - West Essex Chapter and Livingston Camera Club.

There are many studios at Riker Hill Art Park with more than 40 working artists in various media including pottery, fine metalwork, glass, jewelry, paintings, fine arts, sculpture and photography. Many studios offer art classes for adults and children.

Parks and recreation

Parks

There are more than 470 acres (1.9 km2) of wooded parks with passive hiking trails in Livingston. Additional 1,817 acres (7.35 km2) are zoned to be preserved in its natural state without public access. This brings to about 25% of total land in the town that is in its natural conditions with habitats of eight threatened or endangered species.

There are many smaller parks and open space areas dedicated to recreation and sports, mostly centered around the town's public schools. These include two swimming pools, ten little league baseball diamonds, four full baseball diamonds, eight full soccer/lacrosse fields, one full football field, three basketball courts, sixteen tennis courts, eleven playgrounds, a jogging track, a dog park, and a fishing/ice skating pond. The township is planning to build inter-connected mixed-use paths, biking and hiking trails to connect those parks and open space throughout the township.

Livingston has an active open space trust fund that continues to acquire more lands for preservation and recreation. As of 2003, there were 842 acres (9% of total land) that were protected from development. There were additional 2,475 acres (10.02 km2) that could be protected by the fund.

Riker Hill Complex

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A radio tower in the Riker Hill Complex

Riker Hill Complex (also referred to as Riker Hill Park) is a 204.68-acre (0.8283 km2) parkland located along the border of Livingston and Roseland. The complex is managed by Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs of Essex County. It comprises three parks, Riker Hill Art Park – a former Nike Missile control area site, Walter Kidde Dinosaur Park – a National Natural Landmark, and Becker Park which were acquired between 1969 and 1977. Although a large portion of the complex is located within Roseland, but the county designated Livingston as the host community as the Riker Hill Art Park is the only functional and publicly accessible park at the present time. The art park located atop of the hill is home of many studios in multiple disciplines of art and craft.

Recreation

The recreation department under the Senior, Youth and Leisure Services program offers many programs for residents ranging from pre-school courses, children games, crafts, and dance; to a dozen of youth and adult sports programs. Livingston residents can also apply for memberships of public golf courses at Francis Byrne Golf Course in West Orange and Millburn Municipal Golf Course in Millburn Township. Additionally, there are many independent sports organizations such as Livingston Little League, Livingston Jr. Lancers (football and cheerleading), Livingston Lacrosse Club, and Livingston Soccer Club.

An Essex County park complex is located one mile (1.6 km) from Livingston with Turtle Back Zoo, Richard J. Codey Arena (an ice hockey/ice skating arena), and natural trails in South Mountain Reservation.

Transportation

2021-06-07 09 42 17 View east along Interstate 280 (Essex Freeway) from the overpass for Essex County Route 634 (Laurel Avenue) in Livingston Township, Essex County, New Jersey
I-280 eastbound in Livingston
Livingston Ave and Route 10 by night
The intersection of Livingston Ave and Route 10 by night.

Roads and highways

As of 2010, The township had a total of 136.05 miles (218.95 km) of roadways, of which 105.43 miles (169.67 km) are maintained by the municipality, 26.05 miles (41.92 km) by Essex County and 4.57 miles (7.35 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Livingston is located 21.9 miles (35.2 km) from New York City, around 40-90+ minutes depending on traffic. Roads directly serving Livingston include Eisenhower Parkway, County Route 508, County Route 527, Interstate 280 and Route 10. Interstate 80, the Garden State Parkway and the New Jersey Turnpike (I-95) are all accessible via I-280.

Public transportation

Bus service to the Port Authority Bus Terminal is available on the Community Coach #77 bus route. OurBus company also operates a commuter route to New York City serving Livingston and West Orange. NJ Transit offers bus service to Newark on the 70, 71 and 73 routes, with local service available on the MCM3 and MCM8 routes.

Rail service is accessible via the NJ Transit Morristown Line, which has several stops in adjacent communities such as Short Hills, Millburn, and South Orange. The stations are about 5 to 7 miles (8.0 to 11.3 km) from most of Livingston, accessible by car or taxi. The township provides a fee-based direct shuttle service called Livingston Express Shuttle for a 15-minute ride between Livingston Mall and South Orange station for Morristown Line trains to Midtown Manhattan and Hoboken.

Amtrak's Northeast Corridor, for inter-city rail transit in the Northeastern United States, and the Port Authority's PATH service local rapid transit system are available 10 miles away at Newark Penn Station.

Notable people

See also (related category): People from Livingston, New Jersey

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Livingston include:

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Academia
  • Shiva Ayyadurai (born 1963), MIT systems scientist and entrepreneur who controversially claims to have developed email in 1979 when he was a student at Livingston High School.
  • Denise J. Jamieson (born c. 1965), gynecologist who is the James Robert McCord Chair in Gynecology and Obstetrics at Emory University and former medical officer in the United States Public Health Service.
  • Pamela Nadell (born 1951), historian, researcher, author and lecturer focusing on Jewish history.
  • Paul E. Olsen (born 1953), paleontologist, elected to the United States National Academy of Sciences, helped in getting Riker Hill Fossil Site in Roseland registered as a National Natural Landmark when he was a teenager.
  • Suzanne Steinbaum (born c. 1968), cardiologist and director of Women's Heart Health at the Heart and Vascular Institute at Lenox Hill Hospital.
  • Roger Y. Tsien (1952–2016), chemist who was awarded the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He also won first prize in the Westinghouse talent search at age 16 when he attended Livingston High School with a project investigating how metals bind to thiocyanate.
Artists
  • Val Britton (born 1977), artist known for her collage work.
Business
  • Elvina Beck (born 1985), founder of the co-living company PodShare.
  • Frank Biondi (1945–2019), former President and CEO of Viacom, and former Chairman and CEO of Universal Studios.
  • Robert E. Grady (born 1959), venture capitalist, investment banker and government official.
  • Barry Halper (1939–2005), baseball memorabilia collector and businessman, who was once a limited partner in the Yankees' ownership with George Steinbrenner.
  • Charles Kushner (born 1954), real estate mogul and Democratic fundraiser who pleaded guilty in 2004 to tax violations and charges related to witness tampering.
  • Joshua Kushner (born 1985), businessman and investor.
  • David Tepper (born 1957), founder of the hedge fund Appaloosa Management.
Entertainment
  • Jason Alexander (born 1959, originally Jay Greenspan), actor best known for his role as George Costanza of the long-running television show, Seinfeld.
  • Benjamin August (born c. 1979), casting director and screenwriter.
  • Bruce Beck (born 1956), sportscaster on WNBC.
  • Bobbi Kristina Brown (1993-2015), daughter of 6-time Grammy winning pop/R&B singer/actress Whitney Houston, reality television personality, media personality, and singer.
  • Alan Cooper (born ca. 1949), founding member of Sha-Na-Na and biblical scholar.
  • Joe Dante (born 1946), film director whose work includes Gremlins, The Howling and Twilight Zone: The Movie
  • Rob Fusari (born c. 1968), music producer and songwriter who discovered Lady Gaga.
  • Dana Gaier (born 1997), actress and singer-songwriter known for her role as "Edith" in the Despicable Me franchise.
  • Chelsea Handler (born 1975), stand-up comedian, author, television personality and star of Chelsea Lately on E!.
  • Nikki M. James (born 1981), Tony-Award-winning actress and singer who won a 2011 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a musical for her role as Nabulungi in The Book of Mormon.
  • Jeff Janiak (born 1976), vocalist of the punk rock band Discharge
  • Myq Kaplan (born 1978), comedian.
  • Leslie Kritzer (born 1977), Broadway actress in Legally Blonde: The Musical, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, and A Catered Affair with Harvey Fierstein.
  • Sophia Lin, film producer.
  • MIKE (born 1998), rapper, songwriter and record producer.
  • Stephen Oremus (born 1971), music supervisor, music director, orchestrator and vocal arranger who won a 2011 Tony Award for Orchestration for The Book of Mormon.
  • Adam Pally (born 1982), comedian and actor who appears in the ABC series Happy Endings.
  • Todd Solondz (born 1959), director, whose films include Welcome to the Dollhouse, Happiness and Life During Wartime
  • Richard Tanne (born 1985), filmmaker who wrote and directed Southside With You.
  • Thea White (born 1953), voice actress, best known for her role as Muriel in Courage the Cowardly Dog.
  • Wendy Williams (born 1964), radio personality, television host, actress, producer, author and comedian who has been host of The Wendy Williams Show.
  • Danny Zuker (born 1963) Emmy award-winning writer and producer for Modern Family.
Military
  • Glenn K. Rieth (born 1957), who was the Adjutant General of New Jersey in Governor Jon Corzine's cabinet.
Literature
  • Mona Charen (born 1957), conservative political columnist who grew up in Livingston, where she was close friends with future Washington Post journalist Ruth Marcus.
  • Harlan Coben (born 1962), The New York Times best-selling author of Promise Me, Tell No One and No Second Chance.
  • Susie Fishbein (born 1968), Orthodox Jewish author of the best-selling Kosher By Design kosher cookbook series published by ArtScroll.
  • Ariel Horn (born c. 1979), novelist and teacher.
  • Jack Ketchum (pseudonym of Dallas Mayr, born 1946), author of The Girl Next Door and Off Season, who is a five-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Fiction.
  • Ruth Marcus (born 1958), liberal op-ed columnist for The Washington Post who grew up in Livingston, where she was close friends with future political (and politically-opposite) columnist Mona Charen.
  • Wendy Mass (born 1967), author of books for children, including A Mango-Shaped Space.

Economy

Shopping and dining

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 national chain stores. 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 occupies one of the original three wings the mall. Sears, the original anchor in the second wing, announced its closure in February 2020, while Lord & Taylor, the third original anchor, shut down on December 29, 2020. The fourth wing, added in 2008, is home of Barnes & Noble.

The third shopping area begins the Route 10 shopping corridor that extends to East Hanover. It includes Route 10 Farmer's Market

Corporate residents

Many office parks are located along Eisenhower Parkway on the western side of the town. There are a few headquarters of major companies including former CIT Group corporate headquarters, Inteplast Group headquarters, The Briad Group headquarters, and customer service and support center of Verizon New Jersey.

There are varieties of other services in the township. The Westminster Hotel is located on the western side of the town. Fitness facilities include West Essex YMCA and New York Sports Club. A Jewish Community Center with fitness center also exists just over the border in West Orange.

Saint Barnabas Medical Center, a 619-bed hospital established in 1865, is located in the southern side of the town near West Orange and Millburn.

Livingston also has a local Public-access television station (Livingston TV on Comcast TV-34 and Verizon FiOS 26), which is maintained by Livingston High School Students as well as the LPBC (Livingston Public Broadcasting Committee).

Sports

From 1984 to 1989, Livingston was the site of the Grand Prix tennis circuit tournament, the Livingston Open, held at Newark Academy. The Grand Prix was the only professional circuit since 1985 before it was succeeded by the ATP Tour in 1990. The tournament was won by Andre Agassi in 1988, earning him the seventh title in his career.

Education

Public schools

The Livingston Public Schools serves students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. The district consists of six elementary schools, grades PreK/K-5; one middle school for grade 6 and another middle school for grades 7 and 8, and one four-year high school. As of the 2019–20 school year, the district, comprised of nine schools, had an enrollment of 6,151 students and 500.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.3:1. Schools in the district (with 2019-20 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Burnet Hill Elementary School (488 students in grades PreK-5), Collins Elementary School (462; K-5), Amos W. Harrison Elementary School (449; K-5), Hillside Elementary School (397; K-5), Mount Pleasant Elementary School (434; K-5), Riker Hill Elementary School (400; K-5), Mount Pleasant Middle School (507; Grade 6), Heritage Middle School (1,008; 7-8) and Livingston High School (1,945; 9-12).

For the 1997–98 school year, Livingston High School received the National Blue Ribbon Schools Award from the United States Department of Education, one of the highest honors that an American school can achieve. Livingston High School was ranked 24th in New Jersey in New Jersey Monthly's 2012 rankings, 9th in New Jersey high schools in Newsweek's 2013 rankings of "America's Best High Schools", and is ranked 605th in US News' 2020 national high school rankings.

Approximately 26.7% of the township's population 25 years and older have attained professional, Masters or Doctorate degrees. During 2007–2008 budget year, Livingston allocated 59.96% of local property tax toward the Livingston Public Schools. Additionally, a separate budget of 7% of all municipal services went toward the operation of its public library. According to library statistics collected by Institute of Museum and Library Services, Livingston Public Library was ranked 22 out of 232 municipal libraries in New Jersey based on total circulation in 2006.

Other schools

Aquinas Academy is a private coeducational Roman Catholic school that serves students from preschool through eighth grade that operates under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark.

Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy is a private coeducational Jewish day school that serves preschool through eighth grade, while Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School is a four-year yeshiva high school for grades 9–12. The Tzedek School is a non-sectarian co-educational school of Jewish Heritage and Hebrew Language serving the communities of Livingston and the surrounding area for students in grades K-12.

Newark Academy is a private coeducational day school founded in 1774, that serves grades 6–8 in its middle schools and 9–12 in the upper school.

Livingston Chinese School and Livingston Huaxia Chinese School are two weekend Chinese-language schools in Livingston which use facilities of Heritage Middle School and Mount Pleasant school.

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