Livingston is a township in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township’s population was 29,366. Livingston is in the New York metropolitan area. It is in southwestern Essex County. Within Essex County it is bordered by Roseland to the north, West Orange to the east, and Millburn/Short Hills to the south. To the west it is bordered by Morris County communities Florham Park and East Hanover. The western border is the Passaic River. The community has been one of the state’s wealthiest communities. Based on data from the American Community Survey for 2013-2017, township residents had a median household income of $153,381, ranked 14th in the state among municipalities with more than 10,000 residents, more than double the statewide median of $76,475.
Although largely a bedroom community, there are many stores and restaurants located in Livingston, in three main shopping areas. Livingston has many local artists in varied forms. Local artists have support from Livingston Arts Association which is an organization formed in 1959 to promote art in the community including large scale exhibitions, demonstrations, and workshops. There are many studios at Riker Hill Art Park with more than 40 working artists in various media including pottery, fine metalwork, glass, jewelry, paintings, fine arts, sculpture and photography. Many studios offer art classes for adults and children.
There are more than 470 acres of wooded parks with passive hiking trails in Livingston. Additional 1,817 acres are zoned to be preserved in its natural state without public access. 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. The recreation department under the Senior, Youth and Leisure Services program offers many programs for residents ranging from pre-school courses, children games, crafts, and dance; to a dozen of youth and adult sports programs. There are many independent sports organizations such as Livingston Little League, Livingston Jr. Lancers (football and cheerleading), Livingston Lacrosse Club, and Livingston Soccer Club.
The Livingston Public Schools serves students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. For the 1997–98 school year, Livingston High School received the National Blue Ribbon Schools 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”, and is unranked in USNews’s high school rankings.