Getting to Know Winfield, NJ

The following details on the neighborhood's history are being shared by the dog bite lawyers in Winfield, NJ, at Garden State Justice Group.


The township of Winfield is located in the southern region of Union County in the state of New Jersey. The township takes up 115.2 acres and is located to the west of Linden and to the east of Garwood and Clark. Cranford is just north of the town, along with Roselle. The Rahway River flows just outside of the southern border. Parkway Drive forms the edge along with North Stiles Street.  The main roadways in the community include Wavecrest Avenue, Gulfstream Avenue, and Atlantic Drive. 


The township was formed in 1941, following the beginning of the construction of Winfield Park, a Mutual Ownership Defense Housing Project. Despite the opposition of the neighboring communities, the area was chosen for the development of 254 buildings, mainly row houses, that would house shipyard defense workers from Kearny. The main architect for the development and planning was John T. Rowland. 

Mainly led by sociologist Robert K. Merton, the area was subject to many sociological research experiments. The first was by the  Columbia University Bureau of Applied Social Research that compared the all-white public housing with others that were racially integrated. This research took place during 1945 and involved several interviews with each resident. Merton referred to the area as the closest example of a functioning socialist community in the United States. 


Within the small town developed in 1940 are the following:

  • Winfield Town Hall
  • Winfield Elementary School
  • Winfield Police Department


According to the 2010 census, the area was home to 1,471 residents, which consisted of 706 households and 382 families. The racial makeup of the community was the following:

  • 96.40% white 
  • 0.95% African American
  • 6.39% Hispanic or Latino
  • 0.00% Native American
  • 0.14% Asian
  • 0.07% Pacific Islander
  • 1.09% other races
  • 1.36% two or more races

The most common language spoken is English by 92.1%, in addition to Polish and Spanish. The most commonly found ancestries in the neighborhood are the following:

  • 22.5% Italian
  • 22.1% Irish
  • 19.5% German 
  • 14.5% Polish
  • 10.4% Puerto Rican
  • 4.6% Hungarian
  • 1.8% Lithuanian

The annual median income per household was $55,323, and for a family, it was $61,563. Men averaged an income of $54,034, as women averaged $38,333. The breakdown of residents by occupation was the following:

  • 33.7% executive, management, and professional
  • 24.3%  sales and service jobs
  • 21.9% manufacturing and laborer 
  • 19.7% clerical, assistant, and tech support 

Keep reading about the history of the nearby towns: A Historical Look at Cranford, NJ

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