When Business Week magazine compiled its list of the best affordable suburbs in the United States in 2009, Scotch Plains was top pick in New Jersey. The article cited the area’s golf clubs, antique shops and historic town center as notable amenities, while an average commute of less than 30 minutes was also an important aspect of their findings.
This suburban township in Union County has a population of approximately 23,000 residents. Conveniently located near Route 22 for commuters headed toward Newark or New York City, the nine-square-mile township boasts lively commercial and residential districts. Surrounding towns include Westfield, Fanwood, Cranford and New Providence.
Many notable people have lived in Scotch Plains including acclaimed author Judy Blume, former governor of New Jersey Donald DiFrancesco, singer and songwriter Pat Dinizio of The Smithereens, and Nathan Jones, NFL quarterback for the Miami Dolphins.
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