A welcoming small town conveniently located near major highways and employment centers, East Hanover offers suburban tranquility just a stone’s throw from big city action.
East Hanover has a population of around 13,837 residents in 2020. The population density is around 2,000 people per square mile.
The town has grown modestly but steadily over the past few decades. East Hanover saw its largest population boom between 1970-1980 when the population nearly doubled.
Today the population continues increasing at a rate of 5-10% each decade as new homeowners settle in this family-friendly community.
The racial makeup is approximately 82% white, 9% Asian, 5% black, and 3% Hispanic or Latino. The median age is 42.5 years old. Over a quarter of households have children under 18.
East Hanover Township was formed in 1928 when Hanover Township split into two. It’s believed the unusual name refers to its location east of the original Hanover settlement.
During the Revolutionary War, George Washington’s army marched through present-day East Hanover in late 1776. The O’Connor Tavern served as an encampment site.
In the 19th and 20th centuries, East Hanover evolved from farmland into a suburban residential community as improved roads connected it to metropolitan areas. The 1981 opening of the Sheraton Hotel brought business and commerce.
Historic sites today include the Old Whippany Burying Yard cemetery and pre-revolutionary homes like the Segg House and Mills-Williams House.
Quality of Life
East Hanover offers an excellent quality of life with top-rated schools, low crime, community parks, and family-friendly amenities.
The town is known for its old-fashioned small town charm and strong community ties. Neighbors look out for one another and get involved in civic affairs.
Outdoor enthusiasts take advantage of the recreational trails at Black Brook Park and the 9-hole Pine Brook Golf Course. The summer concert series in the park brings residents together.
Newcomers appreciate East Hanover’s quiet streets and backyard barbecues atmosphere. It’s a comfortable nook where little ones can play freely.
East Hanover residents enjoy access to excellent healthcare options within the town and in surrounding communities.
Prime Healthcare Services operates two urgent care clinics in East Hanover providing non-emergency treatment. For specialized care, major hospitals including Morristown Medical Center, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, and St. Clare’s Hospital are 10-15 minutes away.
The East Hanover Health Department safeguards public health through services like flu clinics, health screenings, and food inspections.
Thanks to quality medical care and an active lifestyle, residents report good overall health. Chronic conditions like obesity, diabetes, and heart disease occur at rates below state averages.
Safety and security are top priorities in East Hanover, from well-lit streets to active neighborhood watch groups.
The township averages less than 100 incidents of property crime and just a handful of violent crimes annually. 24/7 police patrols deter would-be criminals. Officers get to know residents personally.
Citizens can use the Tip411 anonymous texting system to report tips or concerns. The police department’s social media keeps locals informed too.
Overall, East Hanover’s extremely low crime rates contribute to an abiding sense of safety and the family-friendly character.
East Hanover residents enjoy quick connections to major highways, train lines, and airports thanks to the town’s convenient transportation links.
NJ Transit provides rail service on the Morris & Essex Lines from the nearby Hanover Station to Newark, Hoboken and New York City.
Interstates 80, 280 and 287 pass just minutes outside town. Roadways within East Hanover allow for smooth local driving. Public transit includes NJ Transit bus routes to Morristown and Newark.
Newark Liberty International Airport can be reached in under 30 minutes, while Morristown Municipal Airport offers private and charter flights.
Shopping and Dining
Popular shops and eateries make their home along Route 10, lining the highway with options. Nationally known brands exist alongside beloved local businesses.
Grocery and retail convenience abounds with stores such as ShopRite, Walmart, Target, HomeGoods, Old Navy, and Barnes & Noble. Shoppers can find anything from weekly groceries to fashion and home furnishings.
Dining choices range from takeout pizza to sit-down steakhouses. The Famished Frog, Verde Ristorante, and Veneto’s Pizzeria are neighborhood favorites. The Asian restaurant Hanover Chinese Garden draws diners from around the region.
The East Hanover School District provides public education for students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. High schoolers attend Hanover Park Regional High School, which serves East Hanover and neighboring Hanover Township.
East Hanover’s schools earn consistently high rankings for their academic performance and graduation rates. The district focuses on individualized instruction, technology integration, and community partnerships.
Private school alternatives in East Hanover include the K-8 Saint Vincent Martyr School, part of the Archdiocese of Newark.
Higher education opportunities are available at nearby colleges including County College of Morris in Randolph and Seton Hall University in South Orange.
Points of Interest
- The Aviation Hall of Fame & Museum of NJ – This museum at the airport displays historic aircraft and honors NJ’s aviation heritage.
- Black Brook Park – Families appreciate this park’s fishing pond, sports fields, picnic pavilion, and walking paths.
- Pine Brook Golf Course – Golfers test their skills at this affordable public course offering a scenic 9 holes.
- East Hanover Public Library – The local library hosts activities for all ages including book clubs, magic shows, tech help classes, and ESL conversation groups.
- Bow Tie Cinemas – Movie buffs frequent this modern cinema offering the latest blockbusters and more on 10 screens.
- Historic taverns – Centuries-old taverns like the Black Horse Inn and Kays Place Inn provide glimpses into East Hanover’s colonial past.
By embracing progress while preserving its small town spirit, East Hanover continues being a wonderful place to call home.