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Living in Union County, NJ
Union County, the youngest of New Jerseys counties, was officially formed in 1857. Today, it is a 105 square-mile territory of approximately 525,000 residents. Rich in history, educational opportunities and the arts, the county is home to Union County College, the oldest community college in New Jersey, with 4 campuses across the county in addition to distance learning programs.
The county also contains Kean University, located in Union Township. With 21 distinct boroughs, cities, towns and townships, Union County has a wealth of entertainment, shopping and relaxation opportunities. The county is home to 26 parks and open spaces, including the 1945-acre Watchung Reservation, equipped with playgrounds, golf facilities, a museum, and acres upon acres of forest. Local shopping opportunities abound in individual communities, while Elizabeths Jersey Gardens Outlet Mall offers over 200 discount and outlet stores and is accessible via NJ Transits number 40, 111, and 115 buses.
Union County is well covered by NJ Transit train lines: the Gladstone Branch, Morristown, North Jersey Coast, Northeast Corridor and Raritan Valley lines all service the area. In addition, I-278, I-78, the New Jersey Turnpike, the Garden State Parkway, US-1, US-9, and US-22 all run through the county. Newark Liberty International Airport is easily accessible from the county portion of the airport which is situated in Elizabeth, NJ.
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