South Orange is a suburban township in the New York metropolitan area located in Essex County, New Jersey. As of the 2010 United States Census, the Village’s population was 16,198.
Dating back to the 1600’s, South Orange has a rich history and many historical buildings that add to the beauty of the Village, along with large homes from past centuries that have been lovingly restored. The town is one of only a few in New Jersey to retain gas light street illumination. The gaslight—together with the distinctive Village Hall—has long been a symbol of South Orange.
Many South Orange residents commute to New York City, but others work locally or in other parts of New Jersey. The NJ Transit Morris & Essex line’s express Midtown Direct makes transportation in and out of New York City fast and easy, and as a result South Orange property values remain consistently high.
South Orange is home to Seton Hall University, and boasts a diverse and highly educated population. Many residents are engaged in making their town a welcoming and diverse place to live and groups or organizations such as the Community Coalition on Race work towards achieving and sustaining a racially integrated and inclusive community.
Downtown South Orange is complete with restaurants, banks, retail, professional services, a movie theatre, and of course SOPAC, making the Village an attractive and friendly place to live, work, visit, and enjoy. The South Orange Village Center Alliance (SOVCA) is an organization committed to strengthening the downtown business district by fostering business development and supporting cultural activities.
SOPAC is proud to be at the center of this thriving community and to be supported by an arts-centric Township of South Orange. The Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs in South Orange is centered at The Baird, an arts and recreation destination as well as community center.