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With over twelve thousand residents living in Cedar Grove, New Jersey, the township is one of the larger areas to live in Essex County. This designation is in addition to Cedar Grove being listed as the fourth best place to live in Essex County (and seventeenth best place in New Jersey). The Township is broken into three distinct sections: North End, Central Cedar Grove, and South End. The North End is mainly residential, with a few businesses. Notably, this is the area of the township that houses Park Ridge Estates, a section of million dollar homes. Central Cedar Grove holds the business district, the Essex County Hospital Center, as well as Cedar Grove Reservoir and Mills Reservation. Highly urbanized, the South End is identified by many more businesses and homes that are located very close to one another. For the Cedar Grove Township children, there are four public schools: North End Elementary School, South End Elementary School, Cedar Grove Memorial Middle School, and Cedar Grove High School. Each school educated between 300 and 500 students. In addition to these four public schools, Washington Academy and Saint Catherine of Siena School are two private schools. Public transportation is available to those living in Cedar Grove. The township is serviced by the New Jersey Transit bus lines, which go to Newark and Midtown Manhattan (Port Authority Bus Terminal). For commuter trains, residents can head to local stations in nearby Little Falls and Montclair. By car, Cedar Grove can be reached by Route 23, Interstate 80, Interstate 280, U.S. Route 46, Route 3, and the Garden State Parkway. Nearby cities include Morristown, Paterson, Newark, and New York City, New York. Year-round, residents can enjoy the many parks and recreational areas within Cedar Grove. The two county parks within the township lines are Mills Reservation and Hilltop Reservation. Mills Reservation boasts walking trails and beautiful views of New York City. The track and fields at Cedar Grove High School are available for all town residents to use, along with the parks and playgrounds at North End School and South End School. Elmer Bowden Taylor Memorial Park has recreational courts and a playground. The largest park is Community Park, which has larger fields for athletics, multiple playgrounds, a bocce court, places to barbecue, and bring you to the Lenape Trails (for hiking and biking).

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