Westfield is a town in Union County, New Jersey, 16 miles southwest of Manhattan. As of the 2010 United States Census, the town’s population was 30,316, reflecting an increase of 672 (+2.3%) from the 29,644 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 774 (+2.7%) from the 28,870 counted in the 1990 Census.In March 2018, Bloomberg ranked Westfield as the 99th highest-income place in the United States, and the 18th highest-income in New Jersey. According to a 2014 nationwide survey, Westfield was ranked as the 30th-safest city to live in the United States.The town has been one of the state’s highest-income communities.
Based on data from the American Community Survey for 2013–2017, Westfield residents had a median household income of $159,923, ranked 8th in the state among municipalities with more than 10,000 residents, more than double the statewide median of $76,475.History says that Westfield took its name from the rich “fields west of Elizabeth Town, and hence for over one hundred years went by the name of West Fields. ” Town records say that “the settlement of Westfield dates back to the last year (1699) of the seventeenth century. It was the result of the ‘ Clinker Lot Division.’ Almost immediately after the division emigration from the older parts of the town of Elizabeth began to set towards the interior,—especially to the territory lying between the Rahway river, on the east, and the mountains, on the west. It was not, however, until 1720 that the settlers became numerous enough to constitute a distinct community.”
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