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Overview

Introduction to Bridgewater, New Jersey

Bridgewater, New Jersey, in Somerset county, is 11 miles NW of Edison, New Jersey and 25 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey. The town is included in the Middlesex - Somerset - Hunterdon metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 42,940 people lived in Bridgewater.

Bridgewater History

Originally the township of Bridgewater was purchased from the local Lenape Native American tribe. George II of Great Britain chartered Bridgewater in 1749. It was incorporated in 1798 as a township. Earlier, the economy of Bridgewater revolved around farming. The population began to grow during 1970s and it is presently a quite developed suburban community.

Bridgewater and nearby Attractions

  • Washington Valley Park
  • Duke Island Park
  • Van Veghten House
  • Colonial Park
  • Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park

Things To Do In Bridgewater

There are several parks and playgrounds at Bridgewater which offer a number of recreational facilities. The town also includes movie theaters, clubs and restaurants.

Bridgewater Transportation

The nearest major airport is Newark International.

Bridgewater Higher Education

Raritan Valley Community College is nearby.

People

Total Population 45,120
Male Share of the Population 47.9%
Female Share of the Population 52.1%
Senior Citizens 14.3%
Employed Population 16+ 22,395
Age of the Population 42

Families

% of people married 58%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 57.3%
Median Earnings25+ $70,804
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,890
Median Earnings With High School Degree $34,953

Wealth

Median Family Income $130,814
% Above Poverty Level 96.4%
% Below Poverty Level 3.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 5.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.7%
% Using Public Transportation 3.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 20.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,670
Median House Value $454,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 34.4%
US/American 0.1%
English 4.5%
Irish 12%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Bridgewater Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 11 miles NW of Edison, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 25 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey
County Somerset
Standard Zip Codes 08807
Phone Area Codes 908
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.59
Longitude -74.61

Bridgewater Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station SOMERVILLE 4 NW
Distance 2.8 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
Station NEW BRUNSWICK 3 SE
Distance 12.6 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 38 F
Apr Temp 40 to 61 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 43 to 65 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches
Station FLEMINGTON 5 NNW
Distance 14.5 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bound Brook 10,515 $64,223
Branchburg 14,673 $137,555
Manville 10,454 $74,361
Raritan 22,048 $132,969
Somerville 12,212 $82,964
South Bound Brook 4,612 $78,138

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Bridgewater Public Libraries

Library
Somerset County Library
1 VOGT DRIVE
Bridgewater, New Jersey
(908) 526-4016
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Bridgewater High Schools

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BRDGWTR-RARITN HIGH SCH
GARRETSON ROAD
908-231-8660
Serves 2,395 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.8

SOMERSET CO VOC TECH HIGH
NORTH BRIDGE ST. & VOGT DR.
908-526-8900
A Vocational School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 253 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.9

SOMERSET SECONDARY ACAD
7 FINDERNE AVE
908-231-7280
A Special Education School
Serves 131 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.4

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