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Overview

Introduction to Edison, New Jersey

Edison is bordered to the south by the Raritan River in Middlesex County. It was placed at the 28th position for the most livable small city in the country by Money Magazine. It's recognized as a middle class and upper middle class city which includes a large number of ethnic neighborhoods.

Edison serves as a major transportation center for the distribution of goods due to the large network of highways traversing through the town which lead to numerous large cities. It's also a major center for rail transportation. Raritan Center is one of the biggest industrial parks east of the Mississippi River.

History

The municipality was originally included in the Woodbridge Township and the Piscataway Township during the late 17th century. In 1954 the city was renamed in tribute to the well known inventor Thomas Edison. In 1876 Thomas Edison created the nearby Menlo Park Laboratory. During this time he developed some of his well known inventions including the phonograph as well as an incandescent light bulb filament.

The population experienced significant growth during the second portion of the 19th century primarily due to the attractive rural setting which became easier to access with the arrival of the Pennsylvania Railroad. During the late 1800's a large number of residents commuted to their jobs in New York and areas of New Jersey.

Transportation

Edison is served by the Newark International Airport. Edison Station provides train service to New York City and Trenton.

Higher Education

Edison is home to Middlesex County College.

Attractions

  • Inman Sports Club
  • Menlo Park Mall
  • Oak Tree Pond was a battle ground site during the American Revolutionary War
  • Roosevelt Park
  • The Thomas Alva Edison Memorial Tower and Museum features a large number of his inventions such as light bulbs and a Light-O-Matic Radio
  • Edison Fall Family Spectacular Music Festival
  • Ash Brook Reservation
  • Nearby Farrington Lake offers noteworthy hiking trails
  • The Cheesequake State Park Campground includes scenic wooded areas

People

Total Population 101,865
Male Share of the Population 48.8%
Female Share of the Population 51.2%
Senior Citizens 13.5%
Employed Population 16+ 50,703
Age of the Population 39

Families

% of people married 59.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 53.4%
Median Earnings25+ $53,824
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,899
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,400

Wealth

Median Family Income $104,523
% Above Poverty Level 94.9%
% Below Poverty Level 5.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 36 minutes
% Working from Home 4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.8%
% Using Public Transportation 13.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 20%
Median Gross Rent $1,352
Median House Value $362,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 60.4%
US/American 0%
English 1.6%
Irish 7.3%

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

Edison Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 19 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey
County Middlesex
Standard Zip Codes 08817, 08820, 08837, 08899
P.O. Box Zip Codes 08818
Phone Area Codes 732
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.518
Longitude -74.412

Edison 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 NEW BRUNSWICK 3 SE
Distance 3.8 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 SOMERVILLE 4 NW
Distance 14.2 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 FREEHOLD MARLBORO
Distance 16.4 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 39 F
Apr Temp 40 to 61 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 43 to 66 F
Annual Precip 46.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Menlo Park (08837)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Highland Park 14,263 $86,648
Metuchen 13,765 $131,500
Milltown 6,989 $115,331
New Brunswick 56,338 $37,359
Piscataway 57,348 $99,530
South Plainfield 23,871 $99,449

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

Edison Public Libraries

Library
Edison Township Free Public Library
340 PLAINFIELD AVENUE
Edison, New Jersey
(732) 287-2298

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Edison Hospitals

JFK MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
65 JAMES STREET
(732) 321-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

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J P STEVENS HIGH
GROVE AVENUE
732-452-2800
Serves 2,160 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.7

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BOULEVARD OF EAGLES
732-650-5200
Serves 1,939 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.5

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100 TECHNOLOGY DRIVE
732-452-2600
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Serves 138 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.9

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500 PLAINFIELD AVENUE
732-985-4800
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Serves 27 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9

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