Maplewood is a township in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. Maplewood shares a border with West Orange and South Orange to the north, Newark and Irvington to the east, Union to the south, and Millburn to the west.
Many of the more recognizable buildings and spaces were the work of famous architects and landscape designers. Most of the schools and the Municipal Building were the work of Guilbert & Betelle. The center of town is dominated by Memorial Park, a design of the Olmsted Brothers. Maplewood prides itself on being a diverse and family-friendly community. In a number of surveys it is ranked among the most desirable places to live in the United States. The township has a downtown area alternatively known as “the village” or “Maplewood Center” with its own movie theater, several upscale and mid-scale restaurants, a small supermarket, independent café, two liquor stores, a toy store and a small bookstore.
Maplewood schools are part of the unified South Orange-Maplewood School District, together with the neighboring community of South Orange. Schools in the district (with 2010-11 school enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics are six elementary schools serving grades K-5.
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