With a population of about 38,000, Montclair is pedestrian-friendly township in Essex County with a strong educational heritage. Located on the First Mountain of the Watchung Mountains, housing is mostly made up of single-family homes. The town has become a popular haven for media and arts professionals. It will also be familiar to avid fans of the tv show The Sopranos as the town and its environs were popular filming locations.
About six square miles, it boasts 175 acres of parks and playgrounds, the town is home to three municipal swimming pools, 21 tennis courts and three skating rinks. Also of note for those looking for family friendly activities, the New Jersey Jackals, a professional minor league baseball team, play at Yogi Berra Stadium on the campus of Montclair State University.Town website: http://www.montclairnjusa.org/ Public schools: http://www.montclair.k12.nj.us/
Perhaps most noteworthy is that while a relatively small town, Montclair boasts a wealth of cultural opportunity. The Montclair Art Museum features exhibits and collections in 19 and 20 century works. Additionally, there are four local theater companies, the Chamber Orchestra Society, the Yogi Berra Museum, and several smaller art galleries. Main Street is framed in specialty shops and dozens of restaurants. The town has six historic districts on the NJ and/or National Registers of Historic Places. Commuters should take interest in the weekday Shuttle Bus (fare is $.50 one way) which provides transportation to residents to commuter buses and train station.