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Millburn was created as a township by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 20, 1857, from portions of Springfield Township, when Union County was formed. Earlier known variously as Milltown, Millville, Rum Brook and Vauxhall, the name "Millburn" was adopted before the township was established. The township's name derives from the burn (Scottish for a stream) that powered mills in the area.
New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Millburn as the 53rd best place to live in New Jersey in its 2008 rankings of the "Best Places to Live" in New Jersey.
Millburn had the highest annual property tax bills in New Jersey in 2018 of $24,308, compared to a statewide average of $8,767. The township had the highest annual bill in 2009 of $19,097, compared to the statewide average of $7,300 that year, which was the highest in the United States. This is primarily a function of high property values, as Millburn had the lowest effective property tax rate in 2014 (1.9%) among the 22 municipalities in Essex County.
The township has been one of the state's wealthiest communities. Based on data from the American Community Survey for 2013-2017, Millburn residents had a median household income of $202,862, ranked highest in the state among municipalities with more than 10,000 residents, more than double the statewide median of $76,475.
In June 2007, Millburn celebrated its 150th birthday in its downtown, in one of the biggest celebrations in Millburn history.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 9.876 square miles (25.579 km2), including 9.322 square miles (24.145 km2) of land and 0.554 square mile (1.434 km2) of water (5.61%).
Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Brantwood, Canoe Brook, Short Hills, Washington Rock, White Oak Ridge and Wyoming. Millburn includes the Wyoming district, South Mountain and Millburn center. Short Hills includes Brookhaven, Country Club, Deerfield-Crossroads, Glenwood, Knollwood, Merrywood, Mountaintop, Old Short Hills Estates and White Oak Ridge.
In a report performed by the United Way of Northern New Jersey based on 2012 data, around 11% of Millburn households were classified as "Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed" households (below a threshold of $50,000 for households below 65, below $35,000 for those over 65), struggling with basic necessities, such as housing, childcare, food, health care, and transportation, compared to 38% statewide and 47% in Essex County.
There were 6,813 households out of which 48.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.2% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.5% were non-families. 15.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.96 and the average family size was 3.32.
In the township, the population was spread out with 32.3% under the age of 18, 4.2% from 18 to 24, 21.1% from 25 to 44, 31.2% from 45 to 64, and 11.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.0 years. For every 100 females there were 95.3 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 90.8 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $165,603 (with a margin of error of +/- $9,937) and the median family income was $194,421 (+/- $14,492). Males had a median income of $136,031 (+/- $14,137) versus $81,152 (+/- $9,621) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $84,663 (+/- $5,971). About 1.3% of families and 1.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.9% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.
There were 7,015 households out of which 44.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.6% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.1% were non-families. 17.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.19.
In the township the population was spread out with 30.2% under the age of 18, 3.2% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.2 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $130,848, and the median income for a family was $158,888. Males had a median income of $100,000+ versus $51,603 for females. The per capita income for the township was $76,796. About 1.2% of families and 1.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.4% of those under age 18 and 1.0% of those age 65 or over.
Millburn Avenue in downtown
Since its incorporation as a municipality in 1857, Millburn has operated under the Township form of government. The five-member Township Committee is elected directly by the voters at-large in partisan elections to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats coming up for election each year as part of the November general election in a three-year cycle. At an annual reorganization meeting, the Township Committee selects one of its members to serve as Mayor. A Business Administrator manages the day-to-day functions of the Township.
As of 2019[update], members of the Township Committee are Mayor Diane Thall-Eglow (D, term on committee and as mayor ends December 31, 2019), Deputy Mayor Jackie Benjamin Lieberberg (D, term on committee ends 2020, term as deputy mayor ends 2019), Cheryl H. Burstein (D, 2020), Samuel D. Levy (D, 2019) and Tara B. Prupis (2021).
Sandra Haimoff became Mayor in 2008 following the expiration of former mayor Daniel Baer's term on December 31, 2007. Daniel Baer's service had marked the first time in the history of the town that a Democrat held the title of Mayor.
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 14,099 registered voters in Millburn, of which 4,512 (32.0%) were registered as Democrats, 3,214 (22.8%) were registered as Republicans and 6,361 (45.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 12 voters registered to other parties.
In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 55.3% of the vote (5,142 cast), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 44.0% (4,087 votes), and other candidates with 0.8% (70 votes), among the 11,587 ballots cast by the township's 14,594 registered voters (2,288 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 79.4%. In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 58.6% of the vote (6,097 cast), ahead of Republican John McCain with 39.8% (4,144 votes) and other candidates with 0.7% (72 votes), among the 10,410 ballots cast by the township's 14,034 registered voters, for a turnout of 74.2%. In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 55.1% of the vote (5,682 ballots cast), outpolling Republican George W. Bush with 43.9% (4,525 votes) and other candidates with 0.6% (83 votes), among the 10,315 ballots cast by the township's 13,548 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 76.1.
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 63.5% of the vote (3,301 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 35.3% (1,833 votes), and other candidates with 1.3% (65 votes), among the 5,320 ballots cast by the township's 14,670 registered voters (121 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 36.3%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 47.9% of the vote (3,308 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 44.6% (3,080 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 6.4% (445 votes) and other candidates with 0.4% (27 votes), among the 6,906 ballots cast by the township's 13,913 registered voters, yielding a 49.6% turnout.
Down the Block, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization, was formed by residents in 2009 to pay bills on behalf of Millburn residents in financial distress.
New Eyes for the Needy is a non-profit organization started in 1932 as New Eyes (incorporated 1948) and based in Short Hills, which provides people in the United States with eyeglasses and sends recycled eyeglasses to needy people overseas.
The Millburn-Short Hills Volunteer First Aid Squad, founded in 1958, provides Emergency Medical Services to the township. They are an all-volunteer agency that does not charge for its services, relying solely on private donations to cover the costs of operating.
Scouts BSA Troop 19 chartered at St. Rose of Lima Church in Short Hills was founded in February 2019 when the Boys Scouts of America opened their program to girls. Troop 19 is one of the first all-girl troops in New Jersey and is part of Lenape Trail District of the Northern New Jersey Council. In 2019, Troop 19 became the first all-girls troop to march in the New York City Veterans Day Parade.
In its 2015 report on "America's Top High Schools", Newsweek ranked Millburn the #1 open-admission and #4 non-magnet school in the nation. It placed 13th overall in the U.S. and 8th in the state among all participating public high schools (including selective admission and magnet schools). All schools ranked above Millburn are selective enrollment per their respective websites and are listed as magnet programs on Wikipedia.
The district's high school was the fifth-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 339 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2014 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", using a new ranking methodology. The school had been ranked 8th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 1st in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine also ranked Millburn as the top high school in New Jersey in its 2008 rankings.
The influx of younger families into the community has led to significant growth in public school enrollment, with enrollment doubling from 1990 to 2007.
As of May 2010[update], the township had a total of 100.77 miles (162.17 km) of roadways, of which 81.45 miles (131.08 km) were maintained by the municipality, 15.65 miles (25.19 km) by Essex County and 3.67 miles (5.91 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
New Jersey Transit operates bus service in the township, including the 70 route that stops at the Millburn railroad station on a route between Newark and Livingston, with local service on the 873 route.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Millburn include:
^History, Township of Millburn. Accessed September 7, 2015. "Millburn has had many names, from Rum Brook, Vauxhall, Milltown, and Millville. In 1857, 'Millburn' was decided upon, partly because many of the town's residents were from Scotland and the mill burn (Scotch word for 'river' or 'stream') reminded them of home. Later there were disputes over the spelling of Millburn, but the double-L advocates won."
^Raychaudhuri, Disha. "The wealthiest towns in N.J., ranked", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, June 7, 2019. Accessed November 4, 2019. "The median household income in N.J. is $76,475, recent Census data shows.... A note about the data: The data comes from 2013-2017 American Community Survey conducted by U.S. Census Bureau. Smaller towns with less than 10,000 residents were excluded from the list.... 1. Millburn, Essex County Median income: $202,862"
^About, Township of Millburn. Accessed November 5, 2019. "Millburn Township is a full-service community where most residents live in single family homes. Millburn is comprised of the historic Wyoming district, and South Mountain and Millburn Center areas. Short Hills contains the sections of Knollwood, Glenwood, Brookhaven, Country Club, Merrywood, Deerfield-Crossroads, Mountaintop, White Oak Ridge, and Old Short Hills Estates."
^About the Rahway River Watershed, Rahway River Watershed Association. Accessed November 27, 2016. "The Rahway River is approximately 24-mile long and consists of four distinct branches. The West Branch, begins in West Orange and flows south through South Mountain Reservation and directly through downtown Millburn."
^D'Onofrio, Laura. "B'nai Israel's interior art pieces head to New York", The Item of Millburn and Short Hills, April 8, 2010. Accessed March 21, 2012. "In 1951 Millburn's Congregation B'nai Israel took a revolutionary step. Rabbi Max Gruenewald commissioned architect Percival Goodman to find three avante-garde artists to create works for the synagogue.Jane Young, Executive Director of Congregation B'nai Israel, stands in front of Adoplh Gottlieb's Torah Ark Curtain that is now on display in New York City's Jewish Museum. When artists Robert Motherwell, Herbert Ferber and Adolph Gottlieb created respectively an expansive lobby mural, an exterior sculpture and a large-scale Torah curtain, Gruenewald knew the modern works would ruffle feathers."
^Our Story, Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary. Accessed March 21, 2012. "The origin of the CHA goes back to a gift of land that Stewart Hartshorn made to his daughter, Cora L. Hartshorn, in 1923. Cora developed the area as a place where wild things could grow without harm and where people could come to enjoy them. The 'Stone House' was designed by Architect Bernhardt E. Muller, built using trap rock from Stewart Hartshorn's quarry in Springfield, NJ and completed in 1933. Cora Hartshorn died in 1958 and willed the CHA to Millburn Township."
^Capuzzo, Jill P. "Millburn High School Ranks Best in NJ", New Jersey Monthly, August 11, 2008. Accessed June 30, 2011. "Philip Roth put Millburn--or more specifically its upscale neighborhood of Short Hills--on the literary map with his novella Goodbye Columbus, in which a well-to-do Jewish family tries to break into the Waspy, upwardly mobile society there."
^ abCheslow, Jerry. "If You're Thinking of Living In/Millburn Township, N.J.; A Town Where Both Halves Live Well", The New York Times, July 16, 2000. Accessed March 21, 2012. "Although Millburn has a large number of doctors, lawyers and other professionals, the mayor said that the majority of newcomers are connected with the financial industries in Manhattan. Among the attractions is NJ Transit's Midtown Direct train service: commuters leaving Millburn end up at Pennsylvania Station in Manhattan, avoiding the more laborious route that terminates in Hoboken, where Manhattan-bound riders have to transfer to PATH trains.... As older residents sell their houses in Millburn, public-school enrollment is escalating sharply. It now stands at 3,714, compared with 2,283 in 1990. Dr. James F. Donovan, the superintendent of schools, said that by 2007, enrollment is projected at 4,500."
^"Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-07. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link), March 26, 2012 Interview with Mayor Sandra Haimoff by Bunn Moxley Homes
^Connic, Jennifer. "Baer Reflects on Time on Township Committee", Millburn-ShortHillsPatch, April 14, 2010. Accessed June 30, 2011. "Daniel Baer made history when he became Millburn-Short Hills mayor. He was the first Democratic mayor in the town's history."
^ abGeneral Information, Essex County, New Jersey. Accessed June 10, 2018. "The County Executive, elected from the County at-large, for a four-year term, is the chief political and administrative officer of the County.... The Board of Chosen Freeholders consists of nine members, five of whom are elected from districts and four of whom are elected at-large. They are elected for three-year concurrent terms and may be re-elected to successive terms at the annual election in November."
^Why / Who / Where We AreArchived 2013-09-28 at the Wayback Machine, Down the Block. Accessed September 24, 2013. "We learned that some of our neighbors are in need of help. And we learned that this type of help was not provided by any other organization serving Millburn Township."
^"Top New Jersey High Schools 2008", New Jersey Monthly, August 7, 2008. Accessed May 11, 2009. Note: The number one rating was based upon several comparative criteria including average SAT scores and percentage of students attending four-year colleges and top universities.
^Rundquist, Jeanette. "15 N.J. schools named as national 'Blue Ribbon' winners", The Star-Ledger, September 24, 2013. Accessed September 25, 2013. "Five Catholic schools, six county vocational-technical schools and a Yeshiva are among the list of honored schools in New Jersey. Also named as 2013 Blue Ribbon Schools were Dover, Harrison and Wildwood high schools."
^About the Historical Society, The Millburn-Short Hills Historical Society. Accessed August 6, 2013. "The society's collection is housed in the museum in the Hobart Avenue-side building at the Short Hills train station, and which is open to the public on Tuesdays from 1:00-3:00, Wednesday afternoons from 3:30-5:30, Thursday evenings from 5:30-7:30, and the first Sunday of the month, from 2:00-4:00."
^Harris, Patricia. "New Officer Brings Millburn Police Up to Full Force", Tap Into Millburn / Short Hills, December 19, 2012. Accessed May 1, 2017. "During the session, the audience was treated to a showing of a recently completed promotional video for the township. Millburn USA: One of America's Greatest Towns was produced over a 6-month period by longtime resident and former advertising executive Michael Becker."
^Saxon, Wolfgang. "Lee Bickmore, Ex-Chairman Of National Biscuit Company", The New York Times, June 12, 1986. Accessed September 15, 2015. "Lee Smith Bickmore, who rose from a sales job with the National Biscuit Company in Pocatello, Idaho, to the chairmanship of the company, died last Saturday in Vero Beach, Fla., where he lived in retirement. He was 78 years old and a former resident of Short Hills, N.J. "
^Harris, Patricia. "TV bachelor retains his roots", The Item of Millburn and Short Hills, December 7, 2006. "Prince Lorenzo Borghese, the young bachelor whose selection of a potential life partner was chronicled on the recently completed television series The Bachelor: Rome, spent his formative years in the township."
^Delevingne, Lawrence. "For Leon Cooperman, a long fall from dizzying heights", CNBC, September 21, 2016. Accessed October 6, 2016. "Leon Cooperman is addicted to investing. The hedge fund manager's stock-junkie lifestyle starts at 5:15 a.m. on weekdays, when he wakes up in the Short Hills, New Jersey, house he's lived in for 36 years."
^Staff. "Joseph P. Day's Home Robbed $20,000 Gems; Butler and Chauffeur Gone--Abandon Auto", The New York Times, September 4, 1920. Accessed September 15, 2015. "When Mrs. Charlotte Pope, mother-in-law of Joseph P. Day, real estate expert, was at dinner Thursday evening in Mr. Day's country residence, Pleasant Days, Short Hills, N.J., sneak thieves entered Mrs. Pope's room on the second floor, broke open a jewel box which they found in the drawer of the chiffonier and escaped with jewelry valued at $20,000."
^Ramirez, Anthony. "Metro Briefing", The New York Times, March 14, 2001. Accessed September 15, 2015. "The case dates to a 1994 golf outing at the East Orange Golf Course, when John Ferolito of Short Hills hit a mulligan, or second tee shot, and struck Jeffrey Schick in the eye, knocking him unconscious. He sued."
^Maynard, Kevin. "Up-and_Comers: Beyond the fairy tale"[permanent dead link], USA Weekend, April 11, 2004. "Once upon a time there lived a pretty girl named Anne Hathaway. She was a typical teenager in Millburn, N.J., albeit with a surprise hit movie -- The Princess Diaries -- under her belt that raked in more than $100 million and won her the adulation of little girls everywhere."
^Harris, Patricia. "First job hunt leads to first novel", The Item of Millburn and Short Hills, October 21, 2004. Accessed May 27, 2018. "Author Ariel Horn, who grew up in the township and graduated from college two years ago, has fond memories of her formative days at Millburn High School."
^Staff. "Danielle Friedman, Elliott Kalan", The New York Times, August 27, 2010. Accessed March 21, 2012. "The bridegroom, also 28, is a writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Comedy Central. He has also appeared on the show in roles like Doodle Von Taintstain and Toppington Von Monocle, and as himself. He graduated from New York University. He is a son of Abby Kalan of Millburn, N.J., and Marc Kalan of Maplewood, N.J."
^Strauss, Robert. "Here's something to squawk about"Archived 2012-07-24 at Archive.today, Coloradan magazine, June 1, 2009. Accessed September 15, 2015. "Kernen, 53, stays out of the limelight living in Short Hills, N.J., a bedroom community 45 minutes from CNBC's studios in suburban New Jersey, a few miles northwest of Wall Street."
^Staff. "Sketches Of Major Appointees To Kean's Cabinet", The New York Times, February 3, 1982. Accessed September 10, 2015. "Attorney General Irwin I. Kimmelman of Short Hills has been in all three branches of government. The 51-year-old lawyer served in the State Assembly in 1964 and 1965 and as a Superior Court judge from 1971 to 1976, when he resigned to return to private practice."
^Lieber, Jill. "Freedom is music to Larionov's ears", USA Today, January 27, 2004. Accessed September 15, 2015. "Larionov, at 43 the oldest player in the NHL and in his 14th and final season in professional hockey as a center with the New Jersey Devils, hears music everywhere he turns. At home in Short Hills, N.J., daughters Alyonka, 16, and Diana, 13, are busy launching a pop music career, singing practically around the clock."
^Kelleher, Lindsey. "Scorsese visits college campus to direct movie", The Item of Millburn and Short Hills, July 19, 2012. Accessed March 28, 2016. "She and actress Conor Leslie, who plays main character Greta, both grew up in Millburn.... Although several years apart -- Scorsese graduated from Millburn High School in 1983 and Leslie in 2008 -- they both remember going to the Millburn Delicatessen and walking to Millburn Middle School."
^Anderson, Susan. "In the loop with Betty Liu", Inside Jersey, September 21, 2010. Accessed June 27, 2012. "For someone who has the opportunity to reach some 240 million viewers around the world each day, particularly in Asia, the popular financial news journalist is strikingly down-to-earth and actually quite taken with Millburn, where she's been living since August 2009."
^Caldwell, Dave. "In Person; Renaissance Man", The New York Times, December 4, 2005. Accessed October 21, 2018. "The taciturn Mulcahy, who graduated from Millburn High School and lives in Basking Ridge, did much of the groundwork that let Schiano, after a few tough seasons, become a success in his home state -- their home state."
^Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey, Volume 164, p. 278. J.A. Fitzgerald, 1940. Accessed November 6, 2017. "C. Milford Orben (Rep., Millburn) - Mr. Orben was born In Newark, New Jersey, on June 28, 1808 : son of Charles S. and Mabel Orben. Educated East Orange Grammar and High Schools, Pennsylvania State College."
^Horner, Shirley. "About Books", The New York Times, October 3, 1993. Accessed June 27, 2012. "Previous recipients of the award, which has come to be known as the Michael, include Mary Higgins Clark of Saddle River, Belva Plain of Short Hills, Wende and Harry Devlin of Mountainside, the Nobel laureate Dr. Arno Penzias of Highland Park and Gay Talese of Ocean City."
^D'Onofrio, Laura. "Former resident helps others find love", The Item of Millburn and Short Hills, February 10, 2011. Accessed March 15, 2011. "Patti Stanger moved to Millburn when she was 11 years old and graduated from the high school in 1979. Maybe the name means something to you, or maybe the phrase Millionaire Matchmaker will ring some bells."
^Voreacos, David. "N.J. Judge Retains Case Over Estate of Formosa's Wang (Update1)", Bloomberg L.P., August 13, 2009. Accessed September 15, 2015. "Wang died of cardiopulmonary arrest on Oct. 15 at his house in Short Hills, New Jersey, two days after arriving from Taiwan. He traveled to Short Hills "numerous times on a regular basis every year of the last twenty-plus years of his life," and lived there in the 1980s, according to the complaint."
^Staff. "Win A Joyous Return For Wilfs", St. Paul Pioneer Press, November 14, 2005. Accessed September 15, 2015. "Oh, the joy! The Wilfs of Short Hills, N.J., were unremitting fans of their beloved Giants, but they never felt football bliss quite like the Vikings' victory over the Giants on Sunday. 'I wanted this for a long time,' said Zygi Wilf after the Vikings survived a heart-pounding finish for their first road victory of the season."
^She's got the look, The Observer, July 16, 2006. Accessed May 14, 2008. "She was born Rachel Zoe Rosenzweig in New York and grew up in Short Hills, New Jersey, the daughter of wealthy art collectors."