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About Summit NJ

Encompassing 6 square miles, the City of Summit lies in the northwestern half of Union County, atop the second range of the Watchung Mountains. To the east lies the urban centers of northern New Jersey and New York City; to the west are the gently rolling hills and lush greenery of the Garden State's horse country.

'This is truly a dynamic little city's says Joseph Steiner, president of the Suburban Chambers of Commerce. ''People come here because it's a transportation hub into New York; it's got an outstanding educational system; and it's got a downtown that's kind of like where they grew up. It's a three-pronged community, with lots of caring and compassion.

While some Summit residents may commute to Manhattan to work, other stay close to home. Lucent Technologies, Dunn & Bradstreet, Novartis (pharmaceutical giant Scheming-plough will be moving into this site), Kemper Insurance Cos., Summit Medical Group and Overlook Hospital all have a presence in Summit or the surrounding area. Overlook Hospital, part of the Atlantic Health System, is located right in Summit and is a major teaching hospital. Specialty services include the Neuroscience Institute; The Brain Tumor Center of New Jersey; maternity and critical-care services for high-risk newborns; and the first stereotactic radiosurgery program for the treatment of cancer. The City of Summit features a thriving downtown business and shopping district, offering more than 150 retail stores, service shops and restaurants. ''We are right in the middle of our downtown rehab,''

Steiner says. Phase One of the project, which included eight square blocks, is basically complete. 'The underground infrastructure has been totally renovated,'' he notes. In addition, the streetscape features 200 new trees, new streetlights, wider sidewalks, crosswalks and curb cuts for the visually impaired, benches, and newly paved roads. Steiner says Phase Two will probably begin in the Spring and includes the final five blocks of the downtown area: Summit Avenue, and Springfield Avenue east of Summit Avenue.

An eclectic selection of merchandise is available to downtown shoppers, ranging from jewelry, toys and home furnishings, to unusual gifts, artwork and antiques. Beautiful fashions are offered at several locations, including Sealfons and The Jeanette Shop. Service providers run the gamut, from travel agents, Realtors and balks, to beauty salons, florists and locksmiths.


According to Census 2000, approximately 21,131 residents enjoy Summit's upscale, suburban ambiance and convenient location. Route 24 and I-78 mark Summit's north- and southeastern borders, providing quick access to highway networks without disturbing the landscape. Via NJ Transit trains, commuters can reach New York's Penn Station in about 45 minutes. In addition, Summit Station is a transfer hub for access to Hoboken. Travelers can reach Newark International Airport in about 15 minutes.


Summit has an excellent school system. Click here to read more about Summit educatonal system.


Electricity and gas are provided by GPU and Public Service Electric and Gas Company respectively. Water is provided by NJ American Water Company. Sewage collection is provided by the Township and sewage treatment by the Joint Meeting of Essex and Union County. The Township picks solid waste up twice weekly, and there is an active recycling program. A drop off recycling center is located on Main Street in Millburn.