Edison, New Jersey, a rapidly growing enclave between Newark and New York City, has earned honors as one of Money magazine's 'Best Places to Live,' and ranks among the nation's safest cities. Edison is home to an ethnically diverse community, including Asian-American, Jewish, and Muslim populations. The city has evolved a strong economic base founded on a civic policy of "smart growth." Edison's municipal government is committed to community-friendly economic policies, and recently made headlines for its vigorous stand against a planned WalMart store.
Proximity to New York City and a strong local economy make Edison, New Jersey an attractive environment for college and university students. Edison students enjoy easy access to local colleges and universities such as Rutgers University in New Brunswick and Seton Hall University. Within the city limits, Edison colleges and universities include Middlesex Community College and Lincoln Technical Institute, a private vocational school.