It’s not just a town. It’s an experience. OK, that line comes from The Princeton Convention and Visitors Bureau, but it describes Princeton to a T. From the beautiful and storied campus of Princeton University, to the shopping and dining of Palmer Square, to the imaginative exhibitions, events, and performances at the Arts Council of Princeton and Princeton University Art Museum, the Princeton Public Library and McCarter Theater, there is truly something for everyone here. Take a look at this community profile video and find out why we love Princeton. Better yet, come visit and experience our wonderful town!
With its reputation for excellence, it’s no surprise that the best of the best hang their shingles in Princeton: Fortune 500 firms and smaller, privately owned shops and boutiques; world-renowned medical facilities (including a satellite location for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia), and smaller, private practices; and celebrity chef restaurants, made-fresh-from-scratch bakeries and ice cream shops, and farm-to-table eateries.
No matter the season, there’s always something inviting and exciting to draw you outdoors and into town. In the winter, enjoy the annual tree lighting at Palmer Square – zinc magnate Edgar Palmer’s Williamsburg ‘take’ on midtown Manhattan’s iconic shopping spot, Rockefeller Center. In spring, immerse yourself in performance, food, fun, and games at Communiversity. In summer, enjoy outdoor concerts at Princeton Shopping Center; a farmers’ market at Hinds Plaza, just outside the library; and all manner of fun throughout Princeton year round, including walking and bicycling tours. In fall, don orange and black to root for The Princeton Tigers!
From the early days of its settlement in the late 17th century, Princeton has been home to presidents and statesmen, and world-renowned scholars, scientists, and writers. History buffs will enjoy Bainbridge House, the gothic architecture of Princeton University Chapel, and Princeton Battlefield State Park, site of one of the key battles of the Revolutionary War. And, in keeping with the reverence our forefathers exhibited for religious freedom, Princeton is a melting pot of faiths.
With one the nation’s top universities and its beautiful campus at the center of town, and three other high-ranking colleges nearby, the emphasis Princetonians place on education is no surprise. From the town’s public schools, which rank in the top 50 statewide, to nearly two dozen private schools that fall within or very near to the town’s borders, intellectual curiosity is a given here. Adults have plenty of options to hit the books as well, whether it’s auditing one of about 200 classes offered to community members each semester at Princeton University, studying Italian language and culture and Dorothea’s House (or other foreign languages at Princeton Adult School), or immersing themselves in stimulating daytime study and discussion programs at The Evergreen Forum or the YWCA of Princeton.
Nestled midway between New York City and Philadelphia, Princeton covers an area of 18.1 square miles and offers its 30,000 residents the best of many worlds: Easy access to public transportation, major roadways and two major metropolitan cities; a smalltown environment with big-city resources; and beautifully landscaped and tree-lined neighborhoods that showcase modern homes alongside historic dwellings. As of 2015, the average home sale price in Princeton is right around the $1 million mark, and the median household income is $107,071.