A Message from the Honorable Mayor Dahlia O. Vertreese,

Welcome to the Township of Hillside website. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve this great community nestled just 12 miles away from New York City. Hillside’s proximity to Newark International Airport, Port Elizabeth, and Port Newark, and a number of major roadways (Garden State Parkway, Routes 1, 22, and 78) make it an ideal location for residential, employment, and business opportunities.

Incorporated in 1913, Hillside has a long history of servicing a strong diverse population of residents. Hillside takes tremendous pride in our ability to maintain a quiet setting, an important characteristic of a suburban community, while conveniently located next to major urban municipalities. Thereby making it a wonderful place to live and work.

As we embark upon the daily journey to improve the quality of life for all who live, work and play here, we eagerly welcome and look forward to your participation and feedback. “Many People/ One Hillside!!”


Dahlia O. Vertreese

Hillside has been the home of Bristol-Myers Squibb, Lionel Trains were manufactured from 1929 to 1974 at a factory located in Hillside that employed as many as 2000 employees.

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About Hillside

Hillside is a township in Union County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township’s population was 21,404, reflecting a decline of 343 (-1.6%) from the 21,747 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 703 (+3.3%) from the 21,044 counted in the 1990 Census.

Hillside was incorporated as a township on April 3, 1913, from portions of Union Township, based on the results of a referendum held on April 29, 1913. The township was named for the surrounding hills.

The 2010 United States Census counted 21,404 people, 7,112 households, and 5,533 families residing in the township. The population density was 7,784.0 per square mile (3,005.4/km2). The township contained 7,536 housing units at an average density of 2,740.6 per square mile (1,058.2/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 34.75% (7,438) White, 53.19% (11,384) Black or African American, 0.22% (47) Native American, 2.73% (585) Asian, 0.03% (7) Pacific Islander, 6.22% (1,332) from other races, and 2.85% (611) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 17.63% (3,774) of the population.[
Hillside is governed by the Faulkner Act (formally known as the Optional Municipal Charter Law), under Mayor-Council form of New Jersey municipal government (plan 4), as implemented as of July 1, 1997. The township is governed by a mayor and a seven-member Township Council. Four council members come from wards and three are elected at large, all elected to four-year terms in office on a staggered basis in non-partisan elections. The ward seats all come up for election together and the mayoral and at-large seats come up for vote together two years later. The council voted in August 2010 to shift municipal elections from May to November, to be held in conjunction with the general election.


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Township Mission Statement

The Township of Hillside, in partnership and communication with the townspeople, nonprofits, businesses, and schools is dedicated to:

  • Providing a safe, healthy, welcoming atmosphere where people choose to live
  • Promoting economic vitality and strategically positioning Hillside for the future
  • Supporting planned growth and influencing decisions that impact the town

  • Building an inclusive informed town with opportunities for all
  • Meeting service demands through high quality customer service, innovation, a positive work environment, and a commitment to excellence

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