South Orange is a beautiful, walkable town with an urban-suburban mix.

Welcome to South Orange


One of the Hottest Towns in NJ

South Orange is a beautiful, walkable town with an urban-suburban mix. It is noted for its stunning and varied architecture, quick commute to NYC, and diversity unmatched by most suburban towns in the area. South Orange is home to many artists and designers, creating a culture that helps shape its character.
South Orange is a past winner of New Jersey Monthly’s Hot Town Showdown. Maplewood is South Orange’s sister town; the two towns are known locally as SOMA or MAPSO.
South Orange is 2.85 square miles.
FUN FACT: South Orange is known for its charming gas-lit residential streets. It is one of only a few towns in New Jersey to retain their historic gaslights.

What to Love

Residents love the strong sense of community, the town’s walkability, immersion in culture, and beautiful parks.

Easy access to NYC. Beautiful NYC views from the mountainside Newstead neighborhood.

South Orange is home to the perfect blend of transplanted New Yorkers and long-time residents who share progressive and inclusive values.

Gorgeous, diverse, and historic architecture.

Year-round outdoor activities! South Orange is a nature lover’s paradise with easy access to hiking trails in the
South Mountain Reservation. Kids of all ages love sledding in Floods Hill.

What to do

There is always something fun to do in South Orange. In the heart of the town is the award-winning
South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), which presents innovative cultural and arts experiences featuring world-class artists. Be sure to catch a movie at The Village at SOPAC, a technology-forward movie theatre that leads the way in hospitality. The town’s Summer Nights Series is a local favorite with live concerts, moonlit movies and food trucks. Bring your dog or take a full moon night hike in the South Mountain Reservation. Bring your team spirit and cheer on Big East men’s basketball contenders the Seton Hall Pirates.

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South Orange and Maplewood have a combined, highly-rated school district that celebrates diversity and equality. Columbia High School was named one of the
most influential public high schools in the United States by Academic Influence. According to the school district’s website, “the diverse student body is recognized annually for academics, championship athletic programs, award-winning fine and performing arts programs, high school publications, and robotics team.”

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