Originally Posted by LongIslandPerson
2. South Orange
3. West Orange
4. East Orange
Can you please give a quick evaluation/description of these towns? What are the differences between them?
Orange -Real rough and run down. Not large, but very urban (and not good urban like Manhattan). There are some great restaurants in the town though.
South Orange - Most of it is very nice, but there are some rough areas. Its reputation is somewhat on the decline. Schools aren't really bad, but they're not in the same league as most towns of similar affluence.
West Orange - Pretty much the same as South Orange.
East Orange - The roughest of the bunch. They've experienced some very significant drops in crime over the past several years, but they have a very long way to go.
Montclair - Has become a "limousine liberal" haven over the past decade. (I don't mean that as an insult, BTW.) Very diverse. Most of it is beautiful, but again, there are some rough areas. Downtown is awesome, but traffic can be maddening. Schools are probably a little better than South/West Orange's, but again, not quite in the same league as most towns of similar affluence.
Maplewood - Another (mostly) beautiful town which borders some very very rough towns. They share Columbia High School with South Orange. Probably the most affluent town of the bunch, but not by much.