It’s no surprise that Pennington was recently named “New Jersey’s Best Town For Families” by New Jersey Family magazine. The epitome of small-town charm at its best, Pennington boasts great schools, convenient access to commuting routes, and a favorable ratio of home prices to household incomes. From the thriving, locally-owned businesses on Main Street to the picturesque farmlands a stone’s throw beyond the town’s center, Pennington is as bustling as it is bucolic. But what really sets this less-than-one-square-mile borough apart is its friendly sense of community, which is on full display every Pennington Day, the beloved annual street fair event held in May. Take a look and see why we love Pennington, too!
Surrounded by Hopewell Township on all sides, Pennington Borough is a quaint and picturesque town measuring just less than one square mile. A single traffic light manages the flow at Main Street and East Delaware Avenue, and nearby is the town’s one supermarket, Pennington Quality Market, a family-owned institution since 1960 that features a bakery, deli, florist, butcher, produce, and groceries, plus a seasonal farmer’s market. (Pennington is a dry town, so alcohol is not sold within its borders.) As far as commuting convenience goes, Route 31 passes through Pennington and provides quick and easy access to Interstate 95.
At Pennington’s heart is a downtown that is home to an assortment of unique, privately owned shops, salons and eateries, all of which contribute to the town’s sense of charm. An annual, not-to-be-missed event is Pennington Day, which began in the 1980s and usually occurs in mid-May. Part street festival, part block party, it’s an opportunity to enjoy music, a parade, kid-friendly activities, and booths set up by crafters, businesses, and local civic groups.
Pennington Borough is part of the Hopewell Valley Regional School District. Students in grades K-5 attend Toll Gate Grammar School; grades 6-8 attend Timberlane Middle School; and high schoolers attend Hopewell Valley Central High School.
Also in town is The Pennington School, a private, co-educational school that serves students in grades 6-12, and offers use of its indoor swimming pool to members of the community for a fee. The school was founded in 1838 with just a single teacher and three students.
Though Pennington is small in size, it still maintains a wealth of different housing options for would-be residents drawn to its quiet charms and open spaces. As of summer 2015, the average home sale price here was around $450,000. The median household income is $156,923.