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7 Things to Know About Hillsborough, New Jersey, Before You Move There

By Amy Wood in New Jersey, in new home, in Central New Jersey, in Hillsborough
7 Things to Know About Hillsborough, New Jersey, Before You Move There


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More than 40,000 people call Hillsborough, New Jersey, home for good reason. The Central New Jersey town offers the best of suburban living without sacrificing any of the amenities you enjoy. These seven things just may convince you to make Hillsborough your new home town.

You’ll Be Close to Everything

Thanks to Hillsborough’s convenient Central New Jersey location, you won’t have to spend 30 minutes in your car just to find a gas station or buy a loaf of bread. Hillsborough offers plenty of small stores, hair salons, medical offices and other services. Hillsborough Promenade, located on Route 206, is home to Weis Markets, Kohl’s, Lowe’s Home Improvement and Home Goods.  

Whether you work locally or commute to New York City or Philadelphia, you’ll appreciate the easy access to the area’s highways. Route 206, the major thoroughfare in Hillsborough, crosses through eastern Hillsborough and intersects with Route 202. The township also offers easy access to Interstates 95, 287 and 22.

If you prefer to take the train to work, New Jersey Transit offers service between Trenton and New York on its Northeast Corridor Line. You can board the train at the Princeton Junction or New Brunswick station. Amtrak service is also available in Trenton or Newark.

Shopping Locally Can Lower Your Property Tax Bill

Did you know that shopping in Hillsborough can save you money on your property taxes if you’re a Hillsborough resident? You earn tax credits simply by presenting the Shop Hillsborough card when you patronize local stores.

Hillsborough Offers Peace and Privacy

Hillsborough may not be far from the big cities, but it certainly doesn’t feel as if you’re in one of the most populated areas in the United States. Large lots, tree-lined streets and a thriving local park system keep the popular township from feeling too crowded.

Job Opportunities Abound in Central New Jersey

If you prefer to work close to home, you may be able to find a job at one of Hillsborough’s accounting or architectural firms, marketing companies, law or medical offices, hair salons, restaurants or stores. Have you been considering working for yourself? When you open an office or store in Hillsborough, you’ll benefit from an ample customer base and a supportive local business environment.

Many large companies are located within a 30-minute drive of Hillsborough, including AT&T, Met Life, Ortho Biotech Products, Linde North America, Philips Lighting Company and Catalent Pharma Solutions and Nestle Health Science.

The Schools Are Excellent

Hillsborough schools are among the best in New Jersey. In fact, Niche.com ranks Hillsborough Township Public Schools 22nd out of 243 schools. The high school has a 97.8 percent four-year graduation rate, according to the New Jersey School Performance Summary Report, and 89 percent of its graduates attend college.

A district-wide technology initiative aimed at improving computer literacy in Hillsborough’s elementary, middle and high schools prepares students to excel in the digital age. Learning isn’t restricted to theory only. The popular robotics program offers middle and high school students the ability to test their computer and science skills in team competitions. The middle school team beat 21 other local teams to take first place in the BoroBlast Regional Tournament in November.

You’ll Be Living in a Place That’s Made History

Long before the first home was built in Hillsborough, cave dwellers roamed the area. A few lucky residents have even found Clovis-type spear points used for hunting both mastodons and mammoths. George Washington also slept nearby. He and his troops passed through present-day Hillsborough on their way to set up a training camp on Sourland Mountain.

Hillsborough is the Perfect Place to Live if You Enjoy Outdoor Activities

With 15 public parks to choose from, you’ll never run out of things to do close to home. Depending on the park, you’ll find cross country skiing, fishing ponds, playgrounds, hiking trails and even a roller hockey rink (at Docherty Memorial Park.) The parks also feature soccer, baseball and other sports fields and courts.

Sourland Mountain Preserve, located in both Hillsborough and Montgomery Townships, is the place to go if you enjoy horseback riding, hiking, bird watching, off-road biking or bouldering. The 4,000-acre preserve also offers spectacular views of fall foliage from its trails.

Is Hillsborough on your list of potential places to live? You’ll want to pay a visit to Country Classics at Hillsborough, a new home community now in its final phase. The four-bedroom, 2.5 bath homes offer spacious family rooms, kitchens with large islands, generously sized master bedroom suites with sitting areas and first-floor offices. Contact us if you’re interested in becoming one of our newest residents.

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United States Census Bureau: Hillsborough Township, Somerset County, New Jersey


Niche.com: Hillsborough Township


State of New Jersey: New Jersey School Performance Summary Report


Hillsborough Township: What is the Shop Hillsborough Program and How Can I Participate?



Amy Wood

Vice President of Operations at Country Classics

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