Montclair is a township in Essex County, New Jersey. Nestled at the foot of the Watchung Mountain, Montclair is a wealthy and diverse bedroom suburb of New York City within the Greater New York Area.
The Township of Montclair is identified by its diverse population, grand old homes, proximity to New York City and its thriving arts community. The second largest university in the state resides in Montclair as well as the famous Welmont theater, an art museum, a thriving Farmers Market, and a wide range of boutiques spread over multiple business districts. Montclair’s geography is flush with restaurants, movie theaters, shops and nightlife that attracts visitors from all over the region. If you’re looking for an eclectic arts scene mixed with world cuisine and a funky downtown, Montclair is the place for you.
This urban suburb is also home to the campus of Montclair State University, home of the New Jersey Jackals professional minor league baseball team, Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center, and an indoor ice-skating rink open year round.
Montclair was first formed as a township on April 15, 1868, from portions of Bloomfield Township, so that a second railroad could be built to Montclair. After a referendum held on February 21, 1894, Montclair was reincorporated as a town, effective February 24, 1894. It derives its name from the French mont clair, meaning “clear mountain” or “bright mountain.
The district serves students in kindergarten through twelfth grade and comprises seven elementary schools, three middle schools, and one high school. Montclair also has excellent private schools for Pre-K through 12th grade, and for students with special education needs.
Designated a Clean Energy Leader by the N.J. Board of Public Utilities and a Climate Showcase Community by the U.S. EPA.
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