7 Reasons to Live in Westfield NJ

Posted by Faith Maricic on Saturday, February 27th, 2016 at 10:26am.


Super Safe Town: Westfield is one of the safest cities in the state. Westfield's safe streets are one reason why people who grew up in Westfield choose to one day raise their own family here. Its crime rate is 64 percent below New Jersey’s average.


Excellent School District: Westfield school district has 10 public schools grades k-12. 

The Westfield town has a central kindergarten, six elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school. Public school students are also eligible to apply to attend the Union County Vocational Technical Schools.       

Westfield, NJ is well know for its amazing school system. More then 90% of recent Westfield High School graduates continue their education, and over 80% enter four year colleges. Average SAT scores of Westfield High School students are well above the Sate and National levels!


Lincoln School (grades PreK-K)

Elementary Schools

Franklin Elementary School (1-5, North)

Jefferson Elementary School (1-5, South)

McKinley Elementary School (1-5, South)

Tamaques Elementary School (1-5, South)

Washington Elementary School (1-5, North)

Wilson Elementary School (1-5, North)

Middle Schools

Roosevelt Intermediate School (6-8, North)

Thomas Alva Edison Intermediate School (6-8, South)

High School

Westfield High School (9-12)


Vibrant Downtown: The downtown of Westfield is an excellent place to go to enjoy the day. The town is a bustling 18 block shopping/business center. Get ready to shop until you drop! Westfield has stores like Lord & Taylor, The Gap, Victoria’s Secret, Urban Outfitters, Ann Taylor, and Alex and Ani, just to name a few. The town is filled also filled with a bunch of eateries. Some of my favorite places to eat in Westfield are Ferraror’s, Xocolatz, Mojave Grill, The Turning Point and Amuse. Get your caffeine fix at Ahrre’s Coffee Roastery or Starbucks. Sit down, have a Latte, surf the web, and relax. 

The Rialto Theater is an excellent place for the entire family to enjoy the latest movie, and then afterwards go down to the tempting Cold Stone Creamery. 


Beautiful Parks: In the town of Westfield there are 9 parks, one with a pool complex!

Brightwood Park: 44 acre park on Prospect Street with a pond, damn, picnic areas, and nature trails.

Clark Park: 9.5 acre park on Clark Street featuring memorial trees & gardens, jogging path, and a gazebo.

Gumpert Field: 8.3 acre park on South Chestnut Street featuring 4 Basketball Courts, 3 Little League baseball fields, jogging path, and a playground area.

Houlihan & Sid Fay Fields: 4 acre turf fields on Rahway Avenue.

Memorial Park: Located on Scotch Plains Avenue is the 19.1 acre park/pool complex. It has 4 Softball Fields, 2 Basketball Courts, Soccer Fields, Handball Courts, Tennis Courts, Municipal pool, and play areas.

Mindowaskin Park: 12.6 acre park located on East Broad Street with play areas, ice skating, Bandstand, and Memorial trees & gardens.

Sycamore Field: The 2.5 acre park on Sycamore Street features all purpose playing fields and play areas. 

Tamaques Park: On Lamberts Mil Road is 106 acre Tamaques Park. The park features 18 picnic areas, 2 Basketball Courts, 8 Tennis Courts, Shuffleboards Courts, 6 playing fields, 2 playground areas, a pond, ice skating, .8 mile jogging path, 2 Handball Courts, and two service buildings with restrooms.

Windsor Park: One acre park located on Windsor Avenue featuring Basketball Courts, and a playground area.


Intriguing History: Westfield is a modern rooted town with a rich history dating back to 1720. 

Originally known as the “West Fields of Elizabeth”, the town of Westfield got its humble beginnings from settlers wishing to find more land to farm.  By the early 1800’s, the area west of Elizabeth, including all or parts of the present towns of Scotch Plains, Mountainside, Fanwood, Cranford, Clark, Garwood, and Plainfield were called the “Township of Westfield”.  

The present day Town of Westfield wasn’t formally created until 1903. Westfield's history is as rich and interesting as it varied. In June of 1777, during the Revolutionary War, British troops marched into town and many of our residents fought against and defeated the British in the Battle of Springfield. In 1864, the Central Railroad of NJ came to town, providing the impetus for the growth in population that would forever change Westfield from a sleepy farming community into a suburban commuter town

The Reeve History & Cultural Resource Center is home to Westfield’s Historical Society. The 1870’s Westfield home is now the headquarters of the Westfield’s Historical Society.

The town of Westfield invites you to become a member and looks forward to you visiting the Reeve History & Cultural Resource Center soon!


Easy Commute to NYC: The picturesque town of Westfield is a very easy commute to Manhattan and the boroughs. Raritan Valley Line trains are very clean, reliable, and safe. You will always see a familiar face while riding the train. 


Exciting Events All Year Round: Westfield is a very exciting town with things always going on. 

During the summer, we have the 5K Pizza Run. Also, we have Jazz nights every Tuesday in July and August. 

Spring Fling usually goes on the first week of May. The fling offers all day music, delicious foods, entertainment, children’s activities, and more. FestFall goes on in September. The day is filled with non-stop entertainment, and rides and activities for kids. 

Get your girl friends and enjoy Westfield’s Girls’ Night Out. Discover unique shops, pamper yourself with sweet deals, and relax with complimentary refreshments from your Downtown Westfield retailers. 

With all the restaurants we have in Westfield, it is completely necessary to have a Restaurant Week! Westfield has a Restaurant Week/Dine Out Westfield event that runs for two weeks. Restaurants set fixed prices for two course lunch meals, and two or three course dinners. 

During christmas time tree decorating is one of peoples favorite events that go on in the town. People have such a great time and the community gets together as one! 

Westfield is not just a great place to live, it’s a Destination!

Faith Maricic 


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