Located in Union County, Scotch Plains encompasses 9 square miles with a growing population of nearly 25,000 residents. The town is located at the base of the Watchung Reservation and is home to many historic Revolutionary war sites. The town was settled in 1684 by Scotch Immigrants under George Scots, hence the name Scotch Plains.
Scotch Plains - Fanwood School district serves residents in both Union County towns with 5,631 students in PK, K - 12 with a student teacher ratio of 13:1. Niche.com gives the school district an overall rating of A+ and it is ranking #32 out of 243 school districts in New Jersey. The district has 5 Elementary Schools, 2 Middle Schools, and 1 High School.
Scotch Plains was ranked 71st in the annual Safest Towns to Live in NJ list by home security company Safewise. Last year Scotch Plains was ranked 79. To be included in the list a town must have more than 2,500 residents and be above the median population for the state.