Get to Know Us

Voted 2017’s “Hottest Town in New Jersey” by NJ Monthly Magazine, South Orange Village continually ranks as one of the top places to live in the region.  


A 2.8 square mile hamlet at the base of the Watchung Mountains in Essex County, the Village is home to 16,000 full-time, amazing, passionate and creative residents and the prestigious Seton Hall University “Go Pirates!”

A 30-minute train ride into New York City (when there aren’t delays), residents have unmatched access to amenities of the larger metropolitan area while enjoying the small-town charm of historic homes tucked into friendly, tree-lined neighborhoods.  The downtown is a hotbed of redevelopment and pedestrian activity featuring a variety of food establishments, retail and services.  We’re also home to the award-winning South Orange Performing Arts Center which attracts over 50,000 guests annually.  To sum it up – “City Sense, Village Vibe”.

Our community is a progressive army of civic leaders, volunteers and activists.  It’s a rollercoaster that the right candidate will want to ride.

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Our Awkwardly Awesome Form of Government

South Orange is governed under a Special Charter granted by the New Jersey Legislature and consists of a six-member Board of Trustees (think Town Council) and a Village President (equivalent to a Mayor) elected at-large to four-year terms.   The Village Administrator is appointed by the Village President with advise and consent of the Board of Trustees and reports directly to the Village President. 

Before you conduct an online stalking session, here’s some basic information you should know.  We don’t do drama, we don’t posture in front of the public or throw employees under the bus.  We take responsibility when things don’t go as planned and we share success with those who achieved it.  Nobody really “stays in their lane” per se – think of it like E-ZPass, we all have specific responsibilities but we ultimately come together.  And if you live in New Jersey, you likely swerve in and out of lanes to get to your destination.  We have fun and get things done.