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Overview

Introduction to Highland Park, New Jersey

Highland Park, New Jersey, in Middlesex county, is 1 mile W of Piscataway, New Jersey and 21 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey. The town is in the Middlesex - Somerset - Hunterdon area.

Highland Park History

Highland Park was originally a part of the Raritan Township. It was incorporated on March 15, 1905. It was settled by the Europeans during the late 1600s. Prior to that, the Lenape Native Americans inhabited this area. A number of industries flourished in Highland Park, such as Johnson & Johnson, Janeway & Carpender Wallpaper factory, Band-Aid, Turner Tubes and The John Waldron Machine Company.

Highland Park and nearby Attractions

  • Middlesex County Museum
  • Zimmerli Art Museum
  • Thomas A. Edison Memorial Tower & Museum
  • Washington Rock State Park
  • Buccleuch Mansion
  • Colonial Park

Things To Do In Highland Park

Highland Park offers a number of recreational facilities for both its residents and visitors. The town includes basketball and volleyball courts and a soccer complex. The town also organizes the Highland Park Arts Festival during the month of September and several other events throughout the year.

Highland Park Transportation

The town is in close proximity to Newark Liberty International Airport.

Highland Park Higher Education

Middlesex County College, Union County College, Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Devry Institute are nearby.

People

Total Population 14,263
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 9.8%
Employed Population 16+ 7,402
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 49.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 65.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $86,648
% Above Poverty Level 88.9%
% Below Poverty Level 11.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 4.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 9.3%
% Using Public Transportation 10.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 30.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,287
Median House Value $358,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 41%
US/American 0.2%
English 4%
Irish 8.4%

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

Highland Park Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 1 miles W of Piscataway, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 21 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey
County Middlesex
Standard Zip Codes 08904
Phone Area Codes 732
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.495
Longitude -74.424

Highland Park 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 2.1 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 14.5 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 15.4 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Edison 101,865 $104,523
Milltown 6,989 $115,331
New Brunswick 56,338 $37,359
Piscataway 57,348 $99,530
Sayreville 44,051 $91,138
South River 16,274 $75,388

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

Highland Park Public Libraries

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Highland Park Public Library
31 NORTH 5TH AVENUE
Highland Park, New Jersey
(732) 572-2750
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Highland Park High Schools

HIGHLAND PARK HIGH
102 NORTH FIFTH AVENUE
732-572-2400
A Title I School.
Serves 690 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.5

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