Profile for South Orange, New Jersey, NJ
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South Orange is a township in Essex County, in the New York metro area.
The latitude of South Orange is 40.746N. The longitude is -74.242W.
It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 148 feet.
The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 16,964.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our South Orange demographic reports
Settled in 1666. Grew in the 19th century as a summer resort and as a suburb of Newark
South Orange received national attention for 2000 fire at a freshman dorm of Seton Hall University; three men died and 58 people were injured
Filming location for:
· 2004 movie, "Garden State"
Well-known residents have included:
· Lauryn Hill, singer
· Kevin Spacey, actor
· Zach Braff, actor
· Andrew Shue, actor
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Colleges and universities:
Seton Hall University
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
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Ancestry & family history
9% of South Orange residents report German ancestry, and 11% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the South Orange ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in South Orange was $41,035, compared with $21,587 nationally.
57% of South Orange residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
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Median rent in South Orange, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $837. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $2,409.
Newspapers in South Orange include South Orange News-Record
Essex County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our South Orange political report.
The average commute time for South Orange workers is 30 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
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