Thinking about relocating to Linden, New Jersey? Only 13 miles southwest of Manhattan, commuting in and out of Linden to the much sought-after job opportunities and social life of New York City is a breeze. Affordable housing options, plenty of local amenities and close proximity to popular neighboring towns makes Linden a great place for those looking to settle in a residential area with big-city perks. Learn more about life in Linden, NJ, including local schools, weather, and things to do and see.

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Year Founded: 1861

Population as of 2015: 40,499

Land Area (sq. miles): 10.68

Median Age: 39

Median Household Income: $62,778

Median Home Price: $259,000

Annual Weather Averages:

  • High Temperature: 86° Fahrenheit
  • Low Temperature: 23° Fahrenheit
  • Rainfall: 48 inches
  • Snowfall: 24 inches

Notable Economy Facts: The east side of Linden is located along the Arthur Kill which plays an important role in bulk cargo transportation in the Port of New York and New Jersey. Linden is also home to Bayway Refinery, the East Coast’s second-largest supplier of petroleum-based products for the New York metro area.

Notable Employment Facts: UCEDC, a nonprofit economic development corporation, is dedicated to stimulating economic growth for small businesses throughout Union County by providing them with resources and solutions for business expansion.

Major Employers: Merck & Co., Overlook Hospital, Trinitas Hospital, Mather Terminals, Alcatel-Lucent, Children’s Specialized Hospital, Phillips 66 Bayway.


Local Radio Stations:

  • WNSH (94.7 FM) Country
  • WQHT (97.1 FM) Urban
  • WCBS (101.1 FM) Classic Hits

Public Transit: Bus and train services are available throughout the city for local transportation, with connections available for longer commutes. Though the city has its own small general aviation facility, the Newark Liberty International airport is only a short 15 minutes away.

Parks and Recreation Sites

  • From playgrounds to baseball fields, picnic sites, ice skating rinks, and more—enjoy the outdoors at any of Linden’s 35 public parks.
  • Is fitness your thing? Linden offers Health and Fitness programs, including Zumba and Tai Chi, as well as access to a fully equipped exercise room.
  • Thanks to local volunteers, Linden’s Recreation Department supports ongoing programs throughout the year including, Children’s After School Weekly Basic Arts and Crafts Sessions, Children and Adult Ceramic Classes, and Adult Social Clubs.
  • Plenty of space, secure fences and cool drinking water make the Linden Dog Park, the city’s premier place for your four-legged friends to run and play. Located between South Wood Ave. and Lower Rd. next to the PAL baseball fields in Memorial Park.

Rich and Vibrant Arts and Culture:

  • Visit the Liberty Hall Museum, where history comes to life! Daily tours and special exhibits take visitors on a journey through more than 200 years of American history.
  • Free summer concerts and special events, such as National Night Out Against Crime fill the 350-seat amphitheater at the Raymond Wood Bauer Promenade each year.
  • The Linden Cultural and Heritage Committee is run year round by local volunteers who collaborate to curate exciting annual events for the community, like the September to Remember Street Festival and Linden Holiday Tree Lighting.

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