This prosperous small city has been consistently ranked among the best places to live in the United States. A diverse, middle-class community, Edison continues to experience rapid growth. First settled in the 17th century, the area offers a mix of historic architecture and modern construction. While most neighborhoods feature single-family or duplex houses, low-rise apartment and condominium buildings can also be found.
Located on the east side of Raritan Valley, Edison is a considered a transportation hub due to its location at the nexus of several major highways connecting important cities in the Northeast, including New York City, Philadelphia, Boston and others. Additionally, a network of busses and trains connects it reliably to surrounding towns in New Jersey, as well as New York City. Widely known for its excellent public school system, the city’s school district features 18 schools. Edison is also home to Middlesex County College and Rutgers University’s Livingston campus. Many of the city’s ethnic and religious communities have established private schools of their own. Its extensive greenery, high safety rate and recreational opportunities are some of the reasons Edison is considered a great place to bring up a family.
Historically part of Central Jersey’s manufacturing hub, with the winding down of local manufacturing presence and the overseas relocation of many facilities, Edison’s economy is now supported chiefly by corporate presence. Several major companies have their headquarters in Edison, including Majesco Entertainment, Boxed and Zylog Systems. Edison is also home to many companies’ warehousing operations, including Colavita. FedEx, UPS and Newegg also have regional hubs in Edison. The city is also known for the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center, on of the largest convention centers in the state. Other important local employers include the school district and local government. The John F. Kennedy Hospital is also a source of employment in the healthcare sector.