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. There are 13,999 residents in Highland Park.

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.


Total Population 14,224
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 9.2%
Employed Population 16+ 7,356
Age of the Population 33


% of people married 48%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 64.1%
Median Earnings25+ $47,674
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $33,446
Median Earnings With High School Degree $19,202


Median Family Income $93,056
% Above Poverty Level 86.4%
% Below Poverty Level 13.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 4.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 10.4%
% Using Public Transportation 11%


People Living Alone 31.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,268
Median House Value $359,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 41%
US/American 0.3%
English 5.1%
Irish 7%

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


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

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
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
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 101,051 $105,670
Milltown 6,974 $112,297
New Brunswick 55,804 $37,449
Piscataway 57,636 $100,323
Sayreville 43,962 $91,837
South River 16,177 $76,055

Highland Park Public Libraries

Highland Park Public Library
Highland Park, New Jersey
(732) 572-2750
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Serves 690 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.5

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