Summit is a city in Union County, New Jersey and is nicknamed the "Hill City" due to its location on the Second Watchung Mountain. The city is 6.046 square miles in area and is located approximately 20 miles west of New York City. According to the 2010 Census, Summit is home to 21,457 residents, comprising 7,708 households.
The city contains over 8,000 housing units which are comprised of 68.1% owner-occupied units and 31.9% renter-occupied units. The city features a number of colonial style houses, as well as some Tudor, Victorian and other style homes. Summit is served by Coldwell Banker's Summit Office and Short Hills Office.
Summit Public Schools is a public school district that contains 9 schools and serves students in Pre-Kindergarten to twelfth grade. Jefferson Primary School and Wilson Primary School both provide Pre-K and Kindergarten educations. … Read More
Summit is a popular community for people who commute to New York City. Summit Station provides NJ Transit rail service to New York. In addition, both NJ Transit and Lakeland Bus Lines provide bus service to the city. NJ24, NJ124, and US78 are major roadways in Summit.
Summit provides residents with a range of options for recreation and culture. Residents who are interested in the arts will appreciate The Summit Playhouse and Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. Meanwhile, those interested in a good book can visit the Summit Free Public Library.
Those residents with an active lifestyle will find lots to do in Summit. The city runs the Summit Municipal Golf Course, which is a 13-acre, 9-hole executive course. The Family Aquatic Center is an outdoor municipal pool complex which offers memberships and features a snack bar.
Residents who enjoy the outdoors will the several parks located in the Summit, including Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Soldiers Memorial Field, and Wilson Park. Watchung Reservation is also nearby and, with over 2000 acres, it is the largest park in Union County. In the western side of Summit, the Passaic River Trails provide a great place to walk along the water.
There are over 30 dining establishments in Summit which range from casual to fine dining. The throwback Summit Diner (1938) is the oldest diner in New Jersey and is regarded as one of the best diners in the state. Al Pacino filmed scenes for the movie City Hall at the Summit Diner.
The area that became Summit was originally settled in 1710. It was incorporated as a township in 1869 and later re-incorporated as a city in 1899. During the Revolutionary War, the area was known as "Beacon Hill" because fire beacons were lit on the eastern ridge to alert the Continental Army of approaching British troops.
Due to its rich history, Summit currently features a number of historic places. The Carter House (1741) is Summit's oldest structure and is the current home of the Summit Historical Society. The Grand Summit Hotel (1868) is still in operation and the Summit Opera House (circa 1890) has been re-purposed for mixed commercial and residential use. The Downtown Summit area itself is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.