About Maplewood, NJ

 

Maplewood Township is located in Essex County. This cozy suburb, which covers four square miles, is located a little more than 20 miles west of Manhattan.

According to a 2014 article in the New York Times, many Maplewood residents call their community “Brooklyn West.” New York City transplants to Brooklyn, and then later to Maplewood, view this suburb as “an extension of the hip, cultured, community-involved lifestyle they had grown accustomed to in New York.” The article describes the geographical aspects of Maplewood as “a beautiful setting with parks and rolling hills and colonial houses.”

The Niche website awards Maplewood with an overall “A” grade in terms of lifestyle. It has also rated the suburb as the eighth best place to live in Essex County.


Demographics

Not only does Niche recognize the Maplewood lifestyle with an “A”, but it only rates this suburb with an “A” for ethnic and economic diversity.

Maplewood is a New Jersey suburb of New York City in which the majority of residents own their home. According to Niche statistics, 78% of the residents are homeowners while 22% rent.

The age groups in Maplewood are very evenly distributed as follows:

Children under 10 years of age: 15%

  • Children between 10 and 17 years: 14%

  • Young adults - 18-24 years old: 5%

  • Adults - 25-34 years:10%

  • Adults - 35-44 years: 15%

  • Adults - 45-54 years: 17%

  • Adults 55-64 years: 14%

  • Adults 65 years and older: 12%

Additionally, Maplewood boasts its residents’ high educational achievement. The percentage of adults living in Maplewood with a master’s degree or higher is 30%, which is more than double the national percentage of 12%. The percentage of adults with Bachelor’s degrees is 33%, which is appreciably more than the 19% national average.

The median annual salary for Maplewood households is $126,000 and the average per capita income there is $57,549. The poverty level is estimated to be 5.4%.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the racial mix in Maplewood is as follows:

  • White: 56.6%

  • Black/African American: 34.2%

  • American Indian/Alaska Native: .2%

  • Asian: 2.8%

  • Hispanic/Latino: 7.9%

  • Combination of two or more races: 4%

Neighborhood Scout reports this distribution of employment represented in Maplewood:

  • Professional, scientific and technical services: 14.6%

  • Health care: 13.3%

  • Education: 11.7%

  • Retail: 9.4%

  • Finance: 9.2%

  • Information technology: 8.2%

  • Manufacturing: 6.4%

  • Transportation: 4.8%

Other jobs represented in Maplewood include arts, administration, accommodation (i.e. hotels), wholesale and public service.


Commuting from Maplewood, NJ to NYC

The average driving time between Maplewood, NJ and New York City - depending on traffic conditions, time of departure, and exact destinations - is approximately 35-50 minutes. According to Google Maps, the estimated distance to downtown New York from Maplewood is 18.9 miles. The recommended main route is Interstate 78.

A bus service is available from the Maplewood train station (on the corner of Oakview Avenue and Dunnell Road) to the Port Authority bus terminal. This service began in January of 2019. Buses leave for NYC from this stop Monday through Friday at 7:00 am, 7:30 am and 8:00 am.

Maplewood residents who want to enjoy a train ride into NYC can take advantage of a jitney shuttle service from peripheral parking lots that will take them to the Maplewood train station. The train travels via the Morristown Line and takes approximately 40 minutes.


Restaurants

Maplewood enjoys a diverse selection of high-quality eateries guaranteed to please a wide variety of palates and wallets as well as enthusiastic hometown supporters. According to TripAdvisor, the breakdown of restaurants in Maplewood is as follows:

  • Italian - 69

  • Pizza - 47

  • Chinese - 17

  • Sushi - 14

  • Spanish - 13

  • Mexican - 9

  • Cafe - 7

Standout Restaurants


Real Estate

With 78% of Maplewood’s residents are homeowners, Zillow reports the town’s median home value is $582,200. The median rent ranges from $1,485 to $2,600.

Here are a few basic statistics for the real estate market in Maplewood:

Average Days on Market: 37

Average Price Per Square Foot: $279-$300

Percentage of Asking Price: Averages 5% below to 11% above asking price

Median Sales Price:$524,900

Median Home Value: $582,200

Median Home Size: 2,200 sq. ft.

Median Rent Per Month: $1,485/month per Niche, $2,600/per month per Trulia

Maplewood Real Estate Blogs:


Schools

The public schools in Maplewood share a school district with the township of South Orange. The School District of South Orange and Maplewood includes the following Maplewood-based schools:

The Milton School (Grades 5-12) is the only private school in Maplewood. The goal of the school is to “help its students to obtain the academic and social skills they need to become independent, stable adults.”


Kids Activities

The Maplewood Community Pool provides a place for families to cool off with a fun swim while also offering a both swim and dive teams. Children from six to 18 years of age are eligible to join the swim team, and children from four to 18 years of age are welcome to join the dive team.

Families can also enjoy theatre and other community activities at the Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts. It is named after Maplewood resident and realtor Jean T. Burgdorff who deeded a former church to the city to become a multi-purpose facility with a 100-seat auditorium and 1,600 square foot community room. The community room provides space for classes, private functions and performances.

The Maplewood township recreation department offers children of all ages several fun programs that will satisfy a variety of childhood interests and needs. These programs include:

  • Youth Sports

  • Camp programs

  • Cooking programs

  • Special needs programs


Things to Do


Shopping and Groceries

The township of Maplewood offers an eclectic shopping experience such as Maplewood Village, which features shops such as jewelers, an antique shop, galleries, stationers, florists, and much more. Closeby is Mall at Short Hills in Millburn, with 160 specialty stores and restaurants, approximately a 20-25 minute drive away from Maplewood is The Mills at Jersey Gardens, a two-level indoor outlet mall in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

For groceries, major supermarket chains Stop & Shop (South Orange), Whole Foods (Millburn-Union Location), Trader Joe’s (Millburn), Superfresh (Irvington) and Shoprite (Union and Millburn) all have locations close to Maplewood. Maplewood residents can also shop locally at a Kings Food supermarket, Gold Valley Supermarket, Freeman’s Fish Market, and Piast Meats & Provisions - all located in or near Maplewood. For fresh local produce, Maplewood Farmers Market, which runs June through November during the year, is also a local option.


Articles about living in Maplewood, NJ

The Best NYC Suburbs To Move To: State of the Suburb (2018) Popular travel website Thrillist lists several suburban communities, including Maplewood, for which to leave New York City and its boroughs.

Maplewood, Montclair, and Glen Ridge: Why these three suburban areas are tops for ex-New Yorkers (2016) This article by the real estate website Brick Underground compares several New Jersey suburbs in terms of their livability and qualities that may attract those considering a move to the suburbs. The piece includes Maplewood.

Maplewood, N.J.: If Brooklyn Were a Suburb (2014) New York Times’ “Living In” section describes how the community environment in Maplewood can be perfect for people seeking to escape the big-city life of New York City or Brooklyn by moving to the suburbs.


Videos about Upper Montclair, NJ

NJ Advance Media features a video segment on the colorful crosswalks in Maplewood, a pioneering concept.

YouTube channel Skateparks, which covers skateparks across the country, features a visual tour of Maplecrest Park in Maplewood.

New Jersey real estate company Lois Schneider Realtor provides a tour of Maplewood’s neighborhood and downtown.

The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race features a video tour of South Orange and Maplewood NJ - describing the towns as “a welcoming community for all races, religions and life choices.”

Ben Garrison, a realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, hosts a neighborhood tour of sister cities Maplewood and South Orange, NJ.

YouTube user banm bonrap, who has 665 subscribers, shows aerial footage of Maplewood.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in New Jersey features a video segment on Maplewood in their exclusive “Our Town” feature.

Realtor Allison Ziefert provides a video tour of both Maplewood and South Orange, NJ - which are known as sister cities.

YouTuber Leefiles provides a visual tour of Memorial Park in Maplewood.

Realtor Sue Adler provides a video tour of Maplewood and South Orange, NJ.