Introduction to Branchburg, New Jersey

Branchburg, New Jersey, in Somerset county, is 12 miles W of Edison, New Jersey and 28 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey. The town is included in the Middlesex - Somerset - Hunterdon metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 14,566 people lived in Branchburg.

Branchburg History

The original inhabitants of this area were the Raritan Native Americans. The Lord's Proprietors from East Jersey purchased most of the land from the natives by 1686. Branchburg was initially a part of the Bridgewater Township that was formed in 1749. It was incorporated as an independent township in 1741.

Branchburg and nearby Attractions

  • Northlandz
  • North Branch Park
  • Round Valley Recreation Area
  • Duke Island Park
  • U.S Bicycling Hall of Fame
  • Duke Island

Things To Do In Branchburg

Branchburg is a picturesque town which has facilities for a wide range of activities. The Lamington and Raritan Rivers are popular spots where one can go swimming, boating and fishing or simply relax by the banks. The nearby parks offer opportunities for a variety of activities.

Branchburg Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Newark International Airport.

Branchburg Higher Education

Branchburg is also known as a college town because of the presence of the very large Raritan Valley Community College. One can also opt for Drew University or the College of Saint Elizabeth.


Total Population 14,547
Male Share of the Population 48.9%
Female Share of the Population 51.1%
Senior Citizens 11.8%
Employed Population 16+ 7,859
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 63%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 60.3%
Median Earnings25+ $67,222
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $40,809
Median Earnings With High School Degree $36,027


Median Family Income $131,674
% Above Poverty Level 96.9%
% Below Poverty Level 3.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 35 minutes
% Working from Home 5.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation 3%


People Living Alone 18.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,243
Median House Value $435,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 21.2%
US/American 0.1%
English 4.8%
Irish 13.6%

Branchburg Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 12 miles W of Edison, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 28 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey
County Somerset
Standard Zip Codes 08876
Phone Area Codes 908
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.55
Longitude -74.65

Branchburg Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 4.6 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 37 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 47.7 inches
Distance 12.3 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 37 F
Apr Temp 37 to 61 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 40 to 64 F
Annual Precip 49.3 inches
Distance 20.1 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 39 F
Apr Temp 39 to 61 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 42 to 65 F
Annual Precip 47.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Branchburg, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Finderne (08876)

Neshanic Station (08853)

North Branch (08876)

South Branch (08876)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bridgewater 44,855 $131,991
Manville 10,426 $74,892
Millstone 10,509 $149,774
Raritan 22,106 $134,884
Readington 16,093 $146,783
Somerville 12,175 $85,085
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