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South Orange
South Orange
New Jersey
2 reviews
4.5 out of 5 stars based on 2 ratings
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Member of the World Health Organization Global Network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities

South Orange, officially the Township of South Orange Village, is a suburban township in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the village's population was 16,198, reflecting a decline of 766 (-4.5%) from the 16,964 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 574 (+3.5%) from the 16,390 counted in the 1990 Census. Seton Hall University is located in the township. "The time and circumstances under which the name South Orange originated will probably never be known," wrote historian William H. Shaw in 1884, "and we are obliged to fall back on a tradition, that Mr. Nathan Squier first used the name in an advertisement offering wood for sale" in 1795. Other sources attribute the derivation for all of The Oranges to King William III, Prince of Orange.Of the 565 municipalities in New Jersey, South Orange Village is one of only four with a village type of government; the others are Loch Arbour, Ridgefield Park and Ridgewood.South Orange Village dates back to May 4, 1869, when it was formed within South Orange Township (now Maplewood). On March 4, 1904, the Village of South Orange was created by an act of the New Jersey Legislature and separated from South Orange Township. In 1978, the village's name was changed by referendum to "The Township of South Orange Village", becoming the first of more than a dozen Essex County municipalities to reclassify themselves as townships in order take advantage of federal revenue sharing policies that allocated townships a greater share of government aid to municipalities on a per capita basis.

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There's a big number of elderly people living around this neighborhood. There are many hospitals and libraries around here. But there are not many buses near. A mile away we have the direct train to NYC and next to it are several buses. A car is very necessary.
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A large percentage of the community are seniors. Transportation-wise, we have right in town, the train to 34th. street and it's only 30 minutes to Penn. Station/ Madison Square Garden. South Orange Performing Arts Center is also in the Town Square, It has a movie theater and also a performing arts theater.

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How did New Jersey earn the grade of C? We examined the state taxes based on how age friendly they are. New Jersey has a state sales tax of 6.63%. Of particular interest is that New Jersey does not have taxes on social security. There are estate taxes. There are taxes imposed on inheritance. New Jersey has an effective property tax rate of 2.40%. Weighing these taxes and other taxes most likely to impact the aging population is how New Jersey earned its state tax grade of C.

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