Introduction to Hightstown, New Jersey

Hightstown, New Jersey, in Mercer county, is 12 miles E of Trenton, New Jersey and 37 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey. The town’s population is 5,216.

Hightstown History

The first settlement in Hightstown occurred in 1721. On March 5, 1853, Hightstown was officially incorporated by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature. It obtained full independence in 1894. Fractions from the East Windsor Township were annexed gradually in 1913, 1915 and 1927. The community was named honoring local landowner John Hight.

Hightstown and nearby Attractions

  • Hightstown-East Windsor Historical Society
  • Middlesex County Museum
  • Black River & Western Railroad
  • Duke Island Park
  • Princeton University Art Museum
  • Rutgers Gardens

Things To Do In Hightstown

The Black River & Western Railroad operates an hour-long scenic trip between Ringoes and Flemington. The Washington Crossing Historic Park memorializes George Washington and his famous trip across the Delaware River on Christmas night of 1776. Local museums include the Hopewell Museum, the Steamboat Dock Museum and the Zimmerli Art Museum. The Duke Island Park offers opportunities for fishing, hiking, and biking.

Hightstown Transportation

John F. Kennedy International Airport is the nearest major airport.

Hightstown Higher Education

Mercer County Community College, Princeton University, Rider University and Georgian Court University are some of the colleges located near Hightstown.


Total Population 5,529
Male Share of the Population 52.8%
Female Share of the Population 47.2%
Senior Citizens 15.5%
Employed Population 16+ 3,072
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 45%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 39.5%
Median Earnings25+ $39,849
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,000
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,718


Median Family Income $80,862
% Above Poverty Level 93.5%
% Below Poverty Level 6.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.6%
% Using Public Transportation 4.2%


People Living Alone 28.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,305
Median House Value $268,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 43.3%
US/American 0%
English 6.6%
Irish 14.6%

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

Hightstown Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 12 miles E of Trenton, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 37 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey
County Mercer
Standard Zip Codes 08520
Phone Area Codes 609
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.269
Longitude -74.523

Hightstown Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 2.3 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 39 F
Apr Temp 39 to 61 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 42 to 65 F
Annual Precip 47.6 inches
Distance 14.8 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
Distance 23.5 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 40 F
Apr Temp 39 to 63 F
Jul Temp 64 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 67 F
Annual Precip 48.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cranbury 3,781 $170,074
East Windsor 27,501 $95,701
Manalapan 39,778 $122,463
Plainsboro 23,420 $116,353
Roosevelt 800 $88,750
West Windsor 27,872 $183,512

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

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Serves 1,370 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.2

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