Introduction to Dunellen, New Jersey

Dunellen, New Jersey is 5 miles NW of Edison, New Jersey (center to center) and 18 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey. It is located in Middlesex county, and has a population of 6,823.

Dunellen History

The community of Dunellen was formed in 1867. Though the development of this area was related to the Elizabeth-Town & Somerville Railroad station, the railroad station was not named Dunellen until 1869. The Art Color factory, established in 1925, was the main industry in the area, and churned out 10,000,000 magazines every month. The factory was purchased by the W. F. Hall Printing Company of Chicago in 1931, and was in operation till 1968.

Dunellen and Nearby Attractions

  • Crane Phillips Living Museum
  • Albert Einstein House
  • Cheesequake State Park
  • Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary
  • Staten Island Zoo
  • Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Things To Do In Dunellen

Middlesex County Museum, New Jersey Museum of Agriculture, Littell-Lord Farmhouse Museum, Hungarian Heritage Center, and Crane Phillips Living Museum have various artifacts and memorabilia which reflect the cultural and historical background of the region. The 18th century colonial estate, Buccleuch Mansion, is also close by. The Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park, which stretches for 70 miles along the canal, offers opportunities for fishing, boating, hiking, horseback riding, picnicking, and biking. Other popular attractions are the Reeves-Reed Arboretum, the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary, and the Staten Island Zoo.

Dunellen Transportation

Newark Liberty International Airport is the nearest major airport.

Dunellen Higher Education

Colleges close to Dunellen are Rutgers University, Devry Institute, Middlesex County College, and Drew University.


Total Population 7,368
Male Share of the Population 50.1%
Female Share of the Population 49.9%
Senior Citizens 9.7%
Employed Population 16+ 3,908
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 48.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 28.4%
Median Earnings25+ $35,909
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,108
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,206


Median Family Income $82,404
% Above Poverty Level 92%
% Below Poverty Level 8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.5%
% Using Public Transportation 5.2%


People Living Alone 17.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,261
Median House Value $282,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 49.5%
US/American 0%
English 5.3%
Irish 9.5%

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

Dunellen Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles NW of Edison, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 18 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey
County Middlesex
Standard Zip Codes 08812
Phone Area Codes 732
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.589
Longitude -74.472

Dunellen Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.9 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 39 F
Apr Temp 39 to 63 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 66 F
Annual Precip 49.6 inches
Distance 8.7 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
Distance 18.3 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 38 F
Apr Temp 44 to 61 F
Jul Temp 69 to 85 F
Oct Temp 48 to 65 F
Annual Precip 46.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Green Brook 7,155 $138,464
Middlesex 13,831 $92,935
North Plainfield 22,156 $78,359
South Plainfield 23,871 $99,449
Warren 15,867 $164,657
Watchung 5,900 $151,542

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

Dunellen Public Libraries

Dunellen Free Public Library
Dunellen, New Jersey
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Student/teacher ratio: 9.8

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