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A+ East Orange Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F East Orange Cost of Living Cost of living is 11% lower than New Jersey
East Orange
11111% more expensive than the US average
New Jersey
12525% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
East Orange cost of living
F East Orange Crime Total crime is 32% higher than New Jersey
Total crime
2,35115% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 4315% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
23%Year over year crime is up
East Orange crime
F East Orange Employment Household income is 48% lower than New Jersey
Median household income
$38,40331% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$22,24625% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
11%143% higher than the US average
East Orange employment
F East Orange Housing Home value is 34% lower than New Jersey
Median home value
$209,50013% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$9975% higher than the US average
Home ownership
26%59% lower than the US average
East Orange real estate or East Orange rentals
F East Orange Schools HS graduation rate is 5% lower than New Jersey
High school grad. rates
82%1% lower than the US average
School test scores
24%50% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:112% lower than the US average
East Orange K-12 schools or East Orange colleges

Living in East Orange, NJ

East Orange is a moderately-sized city located in the state of New Jersey. The city has a population of 64,621 residents. With a population density of 16,453 people per square mile, East Orange is well above the nation's average density level. According to Census, the majority (89%) of East Orange residents identify as Black or African American followed by 3% White and 1% Asian. East Orange is not known to have a high population (over 15 years old) of married people. At only 40% married, this city falls well below the national average.

Are you trying to figure out if living in East Orange is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a positive experience before relocating to any new city in New Jersey, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. The best areas in East Orange and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from crime, weather, employment, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the New Jersey and national averages.

With a livability score of 55 out of 100, East Orange is ranked #27,108 in the United States and #523 in New Jersey. This is not a favorable rating; as this score ranks among some of the lowest in America. Living in East Orange may not be a pleasant experience. This city has also earned the dubious distinction of of being ranked among the bottom 10 percent of all US cities. For each of the livability categories, we know that East Orange ranks very well for amenities (A+). Regrettably for East Orange, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: crime (F), cost of living (F), education (F), employment (F) and housing (F).

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy East Orange on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in East Orange is actually affordable. The median home price for East Orange homes is $209,500, which is 33.8% lower than the New Jersey average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in East Orange, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 5.5, which is 27.9% higher than the New Jersey average.

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Compare East Orange, NJ Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around East Orange, NJ

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Cobble Hill, New York8012.310,281
Liberty Park, Jersey City789.2447
Battery Park, New York7710.913,570
Park Slope, New York7613.977,662
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Todt Hill, New York7612.517,577
Flatbush, New York7514.50
Garment District, New York7511.74,769
Upper West Side, New York7412.3204,475

Best Cities Near East Orange, NJ

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Zarephath, NJ8324.78
Plainsboro Center, NJ8335.92,733
North Hills, NY8127.95,420
Princeton, NJ8136.930,168
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Pelham, NY8023.46,996
Plandome, NY8026.81,228
Jericho, NY8035.113,730
Manhasset, NY8027.17,996

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Not was it once was, in a good way

Attractions3/10
Community8/10
Nightlife3/10
Dining6/10
Shopping5/10
East Orange is a predominately black, ethnically diverse community of working class, middle class, and lower class residents. There are some nice areas and some not so nice areas, like any other city. It used to be a wealthy city but went through years of high crime and drugs. Crime's currently still higher than the state average though it's dropped significantly. I've worked in the city for 18 years and I think the most considerable improvements have been in the last 5 years.

Seeing more Hispanics coming in and some whites as well (mostly near Glen Ridge/Bloomfield border). To be honest, it's a prime target for gentrification. Homes are very cheap relative to North NJ and it's only 20 minutes from NYC. The city has many large old homes that were in disrepair or vacant for years. Over the last few years, rehabbers have been more interested in fixing them up and putting them back on the market. Others have been torn down and turned into expensive apartments w/amenities. It seems it's being set up to cater to the people priced out of NYC and Jersey City, not those who currently live in the city. There have been talks of new businesses opening up in EO. There's nothing much to do in the area right now so it'd be necessary for anyone to have any interest. Overall, I think the changes would be good for the city.
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Attractions8/10
Community7/10
Nightlife7/10
Dining7/10
Shopping7/10
In August of 2009, I visited East Orange, New Jersey to visit a client with Wells Fargo & Company. Wells Fargo is one of the largest employers in East Orange and my business contacts there had been trying to persuade me to visit East Orange for years! After I had completed two days of business meetings at Wells Fargo, my wife and two children flew up to East Orange to enjoy a long weekend with me. Other than the nuisance of the congested traffic that we encountered while we were there, my family and I had a wonderful stay in East Orange.

As an avid golfer, my favorite part of the trip was playing 18 holes of golf at the East Orange Golf Course. The course was designed by Tom Bendelow, a famous Scottish architect, and was surprisingly challenging. The weather was perfect - 77 degrees and sunny! My wife and I capped off a great game of golf with some tasty Italian cuisine at "Johnny's on the Green" restaurant, which is conveniently located inside the clubhouse.

My wife and I spent the next day in East Orange visiting the New Jersey Explorer Museum with our two young sons. The museum is designed to entertain and educate children, but I think my wife and I enjoyed it just as much as our sons did. The Time Traveler and Stargazer exhibits were incredible! We had another great dinner at Bloomfield Steak & Seafood. The cuisine was excellent, and we were pleased with the waiter's level of attentiveness to our children.

We thoroughly enjoyed our time in East Orange and my wife and I hope that Wells Fargo schedules another meeting soon to give us an excuse to return!
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Source: The East Orange, NJ data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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