Scotch Plains, New Jersey
—  Township  —
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Map of Scotch Plains Township in Union County. Inset: Location of Union County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
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Census Bureau map of Scotch Plains, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°38′18″N 74°22′26″W / 40.63833, -74.37389Coordinates: 40°38′18″N 74°22′26″W / 40.63833, -74.37389
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Union
Incorporated March 6, 1878 as Fanwood Township
Renamed March 29, 1917 as Scotch Plains
 • Type Faulkner Act (Council-Manager)
 • Mayor Nancy M. Malool (term ends 2012)[2]
 • Municipal Manager Christopher Marion[3]
 • Total 9.05 sq mi (23.4 km2)
 • Land 9.02 sq mi (23.4 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.078 km2)  0.33%
Elevation[5] 217 ft (66 m)
Population (2010 Census)[6][7][8][9]
 • Total 23,510
 • Density 2,606.9/sq mi (1,006.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07076[10]
Area code(s) 908
FIPS code 34-66060[11][12]
GNIS feature ID 0882217[13]

Scotch Plains is a township in Union County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 Census, the township population increased to a record high of 23,510.[6]


The area known as Scotch Plains was first settled by Europeans, including many Scottish Quakers as early as 1684.[14] It later served as a stop on the stage coach line between New York and Philadelphia. The Ash Swamp in Scotch Plains was the scene of a key action in the Battle of Short Hills, on June 26, 1777, which included skirmishes as Washington's forces moved along Rahway Road in Scotch Plains toward the Watchung Mountains. Scotch Plains is home to the house of Aunt Betty Frazee, whose retort to Lord Cornwallis led the British to find their bread from friendlier bakers in the same battle. The simple farmstead of Betty and Gershom Frazee, a type of structure that rarely survives the centuries, is today the object of a restoration effort by local organizations.[15]

What is now Scotch Plains was originally incorporated as Fanwood Township on March 6, 1878, by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature from portions of Plainfield Township and Westfield Township. Portions of the township were taken to form Fanwood Borough on October 2, 1895. Fanwood Township was renamed to Scotch Plains as of March 29, 1917, based on the results of a referendum held that same day.[16]

Scotch Plains was home to the Shady Rest Country Club, the nation's first African-American country club, and its pro, John Shippen, the first African-American golf professional, who led the 1892 U.S. Open in the final round before finishing fifth.[17] The Shady Rest clubhouse hosted Cab Calloway and other greats as a local center for African-American culture in the 1920s and 1930s. It is preserved today as the Scotch Hills Municipal course.[18]

A much more complete history of the town can be found on pp. 4–6 of the PDF version of Our Towns: Scotch Plains-Fanwood (2nd Annual), (Oct. 28, 1999, produced by the town's newspaper of record at the time)as well as on the town's website.


Scotch Plains is located at 40°38′18″N 74°22′26″W / 40.638252, -74.373914 (40.638252, −74.373914).[19]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 9.05 square miles (23.4 km2), of which 9.02 square miles (23.4 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.078 km2), or 0.33%, is water.[4]


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1910 1,615
1920 2,343 45.1%
1930 4,186 78.7%
1940 4,993 19.3%
1950 9,069 81.6%
1960 18,491 103.9%
1970 22,279 20.5%
1980 20,774 −6.8%
1990 21,160 1.9%
2000 22,732 7.4%
2010 23,510 3.4%
Population sources:1910-1930[20]
1930-1990[21] 2000[22][23] 2010[6][8][7]

2010 CensusEdit

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 23,510 people, 8,595 households, and 6,429 families residing in the township. The population density was 2,606.9 inhabitants per square mile (1,006.5 /km2). There were 8,896 housing units at an average density of 986.4 per square mile (380.9 /km2). The racial makeup of the township was 77.43% (18,203) White, 11.08% (2,605) African American, 0.12% (29) Native American, 7.65% (1,799) Asian, 0.01% (2) Pacific Islander, 1.39% (327) from other races, and 2.32% (545) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.73% (1,582) of the population.[6]

There were 8,595 households out of which 37.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.6% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.2% were non-families. 21.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.20.[6]

In the township the population was spread out with 25.9% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 29.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.9 years. For every 100 females there were 91.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.3 males.[6]

2000 CensusEdit

As of the census[11] of 2000, there are 22,732 people, 8,349 households, and 6,295 families residing in the township . The population density is 2,503.3 inhabitants per square mile (966.6/km2). There are 8,479 housing units at an average density of 933.7 per square mile (360.5/km2). The racial makeup of the township is 78.88% White, 11.30% African American, 0.09% Native American, 7.25% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.95% from other races, and 1.52% from two or more races. 3.94% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.[22][23]

There are 8,349 households out of which 36.2% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.4% are married couples living together, 8.4% have a female householder with no husband present, and 24.6% are non-families. 20.8% of all households are made up of individuals and 9.3% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.71 and the average family size is 3.16.[22][23]

In the township the population is distributed with 25.4% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 31.8% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 39 years. For every 100 females there are 92.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 88.8 males.[22][23]

The median income for a household in the township was $81,599, and the median income for a family was $96,238. Males had a median income of $63,648 versus $43,714 for females. The per capita income for the township is $39,913. 3.0% of the population and 2.0% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 2.0% of those under the age of 18 and 7.0% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.[22][23]

According to BusinessWeek, Scotch Plains is the most affordable suburb in New Jersey for 2009.[24]


Local governmentEdit

Scotch Plains is governed under the Faulkner Act (Mayor-Council) form of New Jersey municipal government. The government consists of a Mayor and a four-member Township Council. Council members are elected at-large in partisan elections to serve four-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with the Mayor and one of the council members elected in years divisible by four and the three other council seats coming up for election two years later. The Mayor and the Councilmembers are the only elected officials in the Township government.[1] The Chief of Police is Brian Mahoney.

As of 2011, members of the Scotch Plains Township Council are Mayor Nancy M. Malool (R, term ends December 31, 2012), Deputy Mayor Mary DePaola (R, 2012), Kevin Glover (D, 2014), Michael "Mickey" Marcus (D, 2014) and William "Bo" Vastine (R, 2014).[25] [26]

In the 2008 General Election, Nancy Malool won a four-year term as Mayor, while Mary DePaola was elected to the Township Council.[27] In the 2010 General Rlection, the winners of four-yer council seats where Kevin Glover, Michael "Mickey" Marcus and William "Bo" Vastine.[28]

Federal, state and county representationEdit

Scotch Plains is in the 7th Congressional district and is part of New Jersey's 22nd state legislative district.[29]

New Jersey's Seventh Congressional District is represented by Leonard Lance (R, Clinton Township). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).

Template:NJ Legislative 22[8] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham).[30] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[31]

Union County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders, whose nine members are elected at-large to three-year terms of office on a staggered basis with three seats coming up for election each year.[32] As of 2011, Union County's Freeholders are Chairman Deborah P. Scanlon (Union, term ends December 31, 2012)[33], Vice Chairman Alexander Mirabella (Fanwood, 2012)[34], Linda Carter (Plainfield, 2013)[35], Angel G. Estrada (Elizabeth, 2011)[36], Christopher Hudak (Linden, 2011)[37], Mohamed S. Jalloh (Roselle, 2012)[38], Bette Jane Kowalski (Cranford, 2013)[39], Daniel P. Sullivan (Elizabeth, 2013)[40] and Nancy Ward (Linden, 2011).[41][42]


All of the schools of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Regional School District, which is shared with the Borough of Fanwood, are located in Scotch Plains. Schools in the district (with 2009-10 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[43]) are five elementary schools — Howard B. Brunner Elementary School (PreK-4; 407 students), J. Ackerman Coles School (PreK-4; 552), Evergreen School (PreK-4; 420), William J. McGinn School (K-4; 494) and School One (K-4; 392) — Park Middle School (875) and Terrill Middle School (858) for grades 6-8, along with Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School (1,444) for grades 9-12.

Students from School One, Evergreen and Brunner pool into Park Middle School, whereas students from Coles and McGinn feed into Terrill. School One is the only elementary school that teaches English as a second language.

Another elementary school, Shackamaxon School, was built in 1951 (the same year as Evergreen School) and operated until 1981, when it was leased to the Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey as their Jewish Community Center and offices. The Federation bought the building outright five years later. A more complete history of the schools of Scotch Plains-Fanwood can be found on pp. 7–9 of the PDF version of Our Towns: Scotch Plains-Fanwood (2nd Annual), Oct. 28, 1999.

The Union County Vocational Technical Schools includes the Union County Magnet High School, the Academy for Information Technology, the Union County Academy for Allied Health Sciences, the Union County Academy for Performing Arts, and the Vocational-Technical School. The grouping of different schools is for vocational as well as gifted students, publicly funded by the combined taxes of Union County municipalities.[44]

Union Catholic Regional High School (often abbreviated UC), a private Roman Catholic school, brings in students from Union County and parts of Essex and Middlesex counties and operates under the supervision of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark.[45] The Newark Archdiocese also supervises operation of the K-8 St. Bartholomew Academy.[46]

Union County College has a facility in Scotch Plains.[47]


Scotch Plains is bisected by New Jersey Transit's Raritan Valley Line, formerly the mainline of the Central Railroad of New Jersey. A passenger station is located in Fanwood. Another rail line, the Lehigh Line, carries freight trains through the southernmost tip of the township.

New Jersey Transit offers service on the 112, 113, 114 and 117 routes to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan, and service to Newark on the 59, 65 and 66 (Limited) routes.[48]

Newark Liberty International Airport is approximately 14 miles (23 km) east of Scotch Plains, most conveniently reached via Route 22, and Linden Airport, a general aviation facility is in nearby Linden, New Jersey. Newark Liberty International Airport is also easily accessible via New Jersey Transit train.

The only two major roads that pass through are Route 28 for a brief stretch in the central part and U.S. Route 22 in the north.

The township is accessible from limited access in neighboring communities, such as Interstate 78 in both Watchung and Berkeley Heights, the Garden State Parkway in Clark and Interstate 287 in Edison Township.

News coverageEdit

The town falls in the New York media market, with daily news being based in New York City. Its weekly newspaper of record is the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times, also publisher of the neighboring town's newspaper of record, the Westfield Leader.

Housing developmentsEdit

The following housing developments exist in Scotch Plains
Sterling Chase

  • New development located off Martine Avenue by Union Catholic.
  • Erected in the early 1990s, it used to be a cow farm.
  • It has its own tennis courts for residents.

Berwyck Chase

  • Located behind Coles School, it was built by the same development company that built Stirling Chase to be a more affordable place to live than Stirling.
  • It has its own swimming pool and two tennis courts for residents.


  • A small and quiet neighborhood located north of Route 22 completely isolated from the rest of Scotch Plains.

Goodman's Crossing


  • Built in the 1940s, a development of several unique Cape-Cod style homes on the border of Westfield, many of which have been knocked down with newer and larger homes rebuilt.

The Reserve

  • K. Hovnanian recently built townhomes ranging from 2,000–2,500 square feet in size, located behind US 22, originally selling for up to $500,000.

Points of interestEdit

  • The Aunt Betty Frazee House is a rare historic treasure, the simple farmhouse of a colonial-era couple Gershom and Elizabeth Frazee, the latter of whom was approached by British generals in 1777 who sought to buy bread she'd been baking for their troops on the move. Aunt Betty's famous retort puts her in company with Betsy Ross, Molly Pitcher and other women who distinguished themselves in the American Revolution. Her house is on state and national historic registers, and many in the community are seeking a way of restoring the house to honor Betty's story and secure it in American history.
  • Shackamaxon Country Club is a private golf course, swimming and tennis facility also hosting celebrations, founded in 1916 and is located on Shackamaxon Drive in Scotch Plains. Some of its 130+ acres occupy land in Westfield, New Jersey. (more complete history of The Shack)
  • Hillside Cemetery is the burial site of Dudley Moore and Senator James Edgar Martine.
  • Bowcraft Amusement Park is an amusement park located in Scotch Plains on Route 22 West.
  • The Scotchwood Diner is a diner located on Route 22 West.
  • John's Meat Market is the site of Mr. T's reality TV show for TV Land.[49]
  • Osborn-Cannonball House Museum is a historic home located at 1840 East. Front Street in Scotch Plains.
  • Snuffy's Pantagis Renaissance is a restaurant also often used for wedding celebrations on Martine Avenue in Scotch Plains.
  • John H. Stamler Police Academy] trains officers and volunteers throughout Union County and is located on Martine Avenue.[50]
  • The Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey has its Jewish Community Center and offices on Martine Avenue.[51]
  • Highland Swimming Club is a private swimming facility with a large L shaped main pool and a smaller kiddie pool, a BBQ area, a small "Snack Shack", and play area named "The Grove". Its highly ranked swim team competes against other private swim clubs in the area in meets held mostly in July. It also hosts an annual swim meet with a club from Derry, Northern Ireland.

Notable residentsEdit

Notable current and former resident of Scotch Plains include:


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