Saturday, October 1, 2011
Garwood and Westfield Anchor Central Union County
Nobody would argue with you if you said Elizabeth and Plainfield have seen better days. Poverty rates are also higher in Roselle, Linden and Rahway. Crime continues to be a nagging problem in many areas east of the Garden State Parkway.
But, Central Union County remains a stalwart for the middle class and a place families still flock to.
Central Union County is defined by 365, and others, as Garwood, Westfield, Cranford, Kenilworth, Clark, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Moutainside, and Springfield.
According to census figures, the areas are home to primarily European-American populations, yet they attract other groups as well. And while they become more diversified, there is one thing that continues to stay the same. The towns continue to be a magnet for hard working, law abiding families that want to invest in their communities. And unlike other swaths of New Jersey all the Central Union County towns have Downtowns, in some cases MORE than one.
Most of the Central Union County towns border other communities outside the area, some much richer, some much poorer, but Garwood and Westfield are cozy right in the middle. The two towns enjoy only "friendly" borders with other like-minded towns.
Want to see a stark difference? Drive along the border of Fanwood and Plainfield. Or drive under the Garden State Parkway toward Roselle. It's a fascinating contrast straight out of your sociology text book.
THE HEART OF UNION COUNTY!