Livingston is a suburban township in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. Livingston’s history dates back to 1699 when 101 Newark settlers wanted to move westward. Today, around 28,000 people live in this suburban community, which lies around an hour from New York City. Its school system, which had last been nationally recognized in 1998, and other programs have been drawing new residents to the town. Its population has maintained a level of diversity while the residents continue the tradition of community volunteerism.
The Livingston Public Schools serves students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade. For the 1997–98 school year, Livingston High School received the Blue Ribbon Award from the United States Department of Education, one of the highest honors that an American school can achieve. Livingston High School was ranked 24th in New Jersey in New Jersey Monthly’s 2012 rankings, 9th in New Jersey high schools in Newsweek’s 2013 rankings of “America’s Best High Schools”.
Although largely a bedroom community, there are many stores and restaurants located in Livingston, in three main shopping areas. There are more than 470 acres of wooded parks with passive hiking trails in Livingston. There are many smaller parks and open space areas dedicated to recreation and sports, mostly centered around the town’s public schools. Livingston has an active open space trust fund that continues to acquire more lands for preservation and recreation.
Recreation department under the Senior, Youth & Leisure Services offers many programs for residents ranging from pre-school courses, children games, crafts, and dance; to a dozen of youth and adult sports programs. Livingston residents can also apply for memberships of public golf courses at Francis Byrne Golf Course in West Orange and Millburn Municipal Golf Course in Millburn Township.