Picturesque and charming, Hillsborough features several small villages, quiet neighborhoods, and a quaint, small-town atmosphere.

Welcome to Hillsborough

Diverse and friendly, this town offers plenty of outdoor recreation

Characterized by acres of rich farmland and rolling hills, this Central New Jersey township is just one hour to all shore points and one hour away from both Philadelphia and New York City. Picturesque and charming, Hillsborough features several small villages, quiet neighborhoods, and a quaint, small-town atmosphere.

Located in the Raritan Valley region, this 55-square-mile territory is home to around 40,000 residents and more than 10,000 families. There’s a countryside vibe here, and newer construction dominates the market. Zoning laws require one-acre lots in Hillsborough, so properties are expansive.

There are plenty of attractions nearby: residents can catch an outdoor concert at the PNC Arts Center or shop for designer deals at the Jersey Shore Outlets. During the summer, locals soak up the sun in Asbury Park, Point Pleasant, and Long Branch.

What to Love

  • Quaint and charming atmosphere
  • Expansive property sizes
  • Close proximity to the city and a wealth of local attractions to enjoy

People & Lifestyle

Family-friendly Hillsborough is a quiet haven for more than 13,000 households. Commuters love the area because both Philadelphia and NYC can be reached in under an hour. On the weekends, outdoor recreation is big here. Residents can be found congregating in several local parks and nature centers or relaxing down on the shore.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Hillsborough is home to numerous parks and nature trails, and outdoor recreation is a popular form of entertainment for residents. At Duke Farms, an estate originally established by American entrepreneur James Buchanan Duke, there are over 1,000 acres of land devoted to the exploration of native species and the area’s natural beauty. Workshops, events, and festivals take place here. There’s also a locally-sourced café and seasonal market. 

The Iron Peak Sports Facility is a hub for sports and indoor recreation. This domed facility offers sports training, leagues, and tournaments for both youths and adults.

Sourland Mountain Preserve also draws a crowd. This 4,000-acre attraction is located in an undisturbed natural setting where guests can hike, bike, or go bird watching and horseback riding.

Royce Brook Golf Club is also located in Hillsborough. This 36-hole facility features two courses—one public, another private—and has been ranked one of the state’s top 20 places to play golf by Golf Digest.

Things to Do

Several community events are hosted each year in Hillsborough. Held each August, the Hillsborough Rotary Fair is a week-long event that averages 15,000 guests, making it one of Hillsborough's most popular community events. Fourth of July brings fireworks displays, where residents can also enjoy free inflatable amusements, boardwalk games, and live entertainment.

An annual 5K Thanksgiving Turkey Trot benefits a local cause, and the Sourland Mountain Music Festival brings the communities of the Central New Jersey region together for the best in musical talent, local food, and drink.


Hillsborough is home to a number of excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:

  • Amsterdam Elementary School, K-4, ranked 111 out of 1,418 in Niche.com’s best public elementary schools in NJ ranking




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