Overview

Bloomfield, a township of 45,000 that straddles the Garden State Parkway, has long been known as a working-class town where families stay for generations. Although it has become more diverse, it remains charming in an old-fashioned kind of way. Bloomfield’s affordability, especially relative to Montclair, is a strong selling point. Homes tend to be smaller and more tightly packed, making it an ideal location for a starter home. Its two Midtown Direct train stations are closer to New York’s Penn Station than Glen Ridge and Montclair are.

The expansive 121 acre Brookdale Park, part of the Essex County Park system, is primarily located in Bloomfield.

History

The area now known as Bloomfield was a part of Newark in 1666 when that town was settled. Bloomfield Township and the 1796 Bloomfield Presbyterian Church on the Green are named after Gen. Joseph Bloomfield, a two-term governor who also served in the House of Representatives.

Schools

The Bloomfield Public School system has eight elementary schools. Bloomfield Middle School is for seventh- and eighth-graders, and the high school has about 1,800 enrolled in Grades 9 through 12. Bloomfield Tech High School is a regional magnet public high school that offers occupational and academic instruction for students in Essex County.

The Commute

Bloomfield residents can catch a Midtown Direct train to Penn Station or to Hoboken Terminal via the Montclair-Boonton line. The Bloomfield train station is located off of Bloomfield Avenue in the downtown area. The Watsessing Avenue rail station is located one stop further east in town. The Grove Street station on the Newark City Subway at the south end of Bloomfield provides service to Newark Penn Station.

Municipal Link

Municipal Website