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Welcome

Welcome to Caldwell! We are thrilled that you have decided to join us as a resident of this welcoming, historic, family-friendly, and walkable community. Here’s an overview of our Borough:

Caldwell was incorporated by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 10, 1892 and is named after the Rev. James Caldwell, who was pastor of the First Presbyterian Church during the Revolutionary War. The Grover Cleveland Birthplace Historic Site is the original home of the 22nd and 24th President of the United States. Our system of government is a “Borough,” which consists of 6 Council members and a Mayor. Every year 2 Council members are elected, and the Mayor is elected every 4 years. We encourage you to vote in all elections. 

Our school system is the Caldwell-West Caldwell School District, shared with our neighboring community and offers Full-Day Kindergarten. Our district is highly rated, and our students score above national averages on standardized testing. Caldwell and West Caldwell also share emergency dispatch, recreation, and senior transportation services. 

Caldwell is also home to Caldwell University, a Catholic co-ed, four-year university with a strong liberal arts core curriculum and nationally accredited professional programs.  The university, which  has been named one of the “best value schools” in New Jersey, offers 31undergraduate and 31 graduate programs and NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. 

Our Downtown is a regional destination for residents in western Essex county, featuring a newly renovated movie theater, traditional pubs, coffee shops, local and international restaurants, grocery stores, fashion boutiques, hardware stores, alteration shops, spas, and world famous gelato. The repurposing of classical architecture in our Downtown is raising the bar for local development, attracting new and significant investment in Caldwell. 

The Caldwell Community Center provides an opportunity for residents to enjoy swimming, exercise equipment, basketball and other gymnasium activities, weightlifting, yoga and pilates classes, as well as activities for children, including a summer camp. As a new resident, please enjoy a full day of free access to all these features with the pass included with this letter.

Please make plans to attend one of our Open House sessions, which are offered twice per year. This is a great opportunity to meet local officials, employees, and volunteers who all serve to help make Caldwell the #bestborough in west Essex county. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for current events, news, public meeting videos, and highlights of our community.