Introduction to Metuchen, New Jersey

Metuchen, New Jersey, in Middlesex county, is 3 miles NE of Edison, New Jersey and 16 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey. Part of the surrounding Middlesex - Somerset - Hunterdon metro area, Metuchen is home to some 12,840 residents.

Metuchen History

Metuchen was initially a part of the Raritan Township. The name "Metuchen" first appeared in the late 1600s. The town probably derives its name from that of a Native American chief called "Matouchin." The 19th century saw significant growth and development in this town. Railroads were built, lighting systems installed, and a lot of social, cultural and religious diversification took place. The town of Metuchen was officially incorporated on the March 20, 1900.

Metuchen and nearby Attractions

  • Metuchen Public Library
  • Woodburn Hall
  • Jewish Community Center of Metuchen
  • Liberty Hall
  • Staten Island Zoo
  • Rutgers Gardens

Things To Do In Metuchen

The Metuchen Station and the Jewish Community Center of Metuchen are all worth taking a look at. Among the nearby historic sites and museums are the Liberty Hall, the Buccleuch Mansion, the Drake House Museum, and the Thomas A. Edison Memorial Tower & Museum. The Zimmerli Art Museum and the Hungarian Heritage Center have some very popular exhibits. The Staten Island Zoo, the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary and the Reeves-Reed Arboretum can prove to be ideal outings for children.

Metuchen Transportation

Newark Liberty International Airport is nearby.

Metuchen Higher Education

Higher educational opportunities are available at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, the Middlesex County College, Union County College, Devry Institute, and Kean University.


Total Population 13,765
Male Share of the Population 50.1%
Female Share of the Population 49.9%
Senior Citizens 15.1%
Employed Population 16+ 6,983
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 57.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 60.8%
Median Earnings25+ $64,098
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $42,652
Median Earnings With High School Degree $40,865


Median Family Income $131,500
% Above Poverty Level 97.2%
% Below Poverty Level 2.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 38 minutes
% Working from Home 5.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.1%
% Using Public Transportation 19.2%


People Living Alone 22.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,521
Median House Value $393,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 29.9%
US/American 0.1%
English 4.8%
Irish 17.9%

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

Metuchen Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles NE of Edison, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 16 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey
County Middlesex
Standard Zip Codes 08840
Phone Area Codes 732
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.543
Longitude -74.363

Metuchen Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 4.4 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 6.4 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 14.4 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 40 F
Apr Temp 42 to 62 F
Jul Temp 67 to 86 F
Oct Temp 47 to 66 F
Annual Precip 48.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Edison 101,865 $104,523
Iselin 19,146 $90,104
North Plainfield 22,156 $78,359
Piscataway 57,348 $99,530
South Plainfield 23,871 $99,449
Woodbridge 101,164 $91,275

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

Metuchen Public Libraries

Metuchen Public Library
Metuchen, New Jersey
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Student/teacher ratio: 11.5

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