The township of Millburn has a population of just over 20,000 residents and was originally formed in 1857 by combining portions of other community. It consistently ranks among the best places to live in the state and in the country thanks to fine amenities, efficient transportation and excellent schools. Short Hills is an unincorporated community that is located within Millburn Township and boasts a population of around 13,000 residents. Both Millburn and Short Hills are attracting home buyers from all over the country who want to live within commuting distance from New York and Newark.
The area was occupied by native Lenape tribes when colonial settlers first arrived in the 1600s and was once part of several other townships until 1857 when it became separate from nearby Springfield. Because of the hilly landscapes and plentiful springs and mill ponds, all kinds of mills and factories sprang up, boosting the economy and the population throughout the 19th century. The railroad linked Millburn to the rest of the East Coast in 1835 and kept the economy and the residents thriving. The late 1800s and early 1900 meant more development as people sought fine living quarters outside of the big cities. Short Hills started as a planned community by Stewart Hartshorn in 1872 and became the first planned commuter town in the country. Today, Millburn and Short Hills achieve the perfect balance between natural beauty and real estate development and reflect the residents’ pride in their living space.