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Scotch Plains

Population: 22,732
Size: 9.05 miles
Distance from NYC: 47 Min 25.5 miles

The area known as Scotch Plains was first settled by Europeans, including many Scottish Quakers as early as 1684. The name is said to have come from George Scott, a leader of a group of Scottish settlers. It later served as a stop on the stage coach line between New York City and Philadelphia. The township borders the municipalities of Berkeley Heights, Clark, Fanwood, Mountainside, Plainfieldand Westfield in Union County; Edison and South Plainfield in Middlesex County; and Watchung in Somerset County.
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. 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 accessible via New Jersey Transit train by transferring from the Raritan Valley Line to the Northeast Corridor Line at Newark Penn Station.


  • Howard B. Brunner Elementary School
  • Union Cty Magnet High School
  • Academy For Allied Hlth Sci
  • Academy For Info Tech
  • Academy For Perform Arts
  • Park Middle School
  • Terrill Middle School
  • J. Ackerman Coles Elementary School
  • Evergreen Elementary School
  • Union County Vocational Technical School
  • Scotch Plains Fanwood High School
  • School #1 Elementary School


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