Introduction to Old Bridge, New Jersey

Old Bridge, New Jersey, in Middlesex county, is 24 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey. Services, trade and manufacturing are the primary industries. The Old Bridge waterfront includes residential and commercial areas and provides recreational opportunities.

Old Bridge History

The Lenni Lenape Indians were the original inhabitants. One of the initial non-native settlers was John Warne. John and Susannah Brown received a vast acreage from King George II of Great Britain. In the early years, the area was primarily farmland. The Raritan River and bay were frequently used for transportation and commerce. Beginning in the early stages of the 19th century steamboats transported the region's produce, flour, oysters and other items to New York City and other locations.

Cheesequake Creek was a prominent transportation center and included inns, taverns and a small community. The area contained flourishing industries which produced clay based products. After the English took over in 1664 they divided the region into East Jersey and West Jersey. The area was originally named Madison Township. In 1850 mills were constructed that produced a variety of paper products and gun powder. In 1975 it was renamed the Township of Old Bridge in order to differentiate the town from Madison of Morris County.

Old Bridge Attractions

  • Zimmerli Art Museum
  • PNC Bank Arts Center
  • Stone Museum
  • Old Bridge Raceway Park
  • Thomas Warne Museum
  • Middlesex County Museum
  • Geick Park
  • Laurence Harbor Beachfront
  • Mannino Park

Old Bridge Activities

Cheesequake State Park features marshes, forests, camping areas and hiking trails. Hooks Creek Lake provides fishing opportunities for trout, bass and catfish. The Old Bridge Ice Arena is a popular venue. The nearby Monmouth Battlefield State Park includes wetlands, wooded areas, trails for hiking and horseback riding and a Revolutionary War farmhouse. The visitors center at the park showcases relics from the Revolutionary War battlefield.

Old Bridge Transportation

The city is served by the nearby Newark International Airport. The close by railroad stations provide transportation to New York City, Boston, Newark, and Philadelphia.

Old Bridge Higher Education

Middlesex County College, Rutgers-New Brunswick and University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey are nearby.


Total Population 66,594
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 13.8%
Employed Population 16+ 34,298
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 52.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 35%
Median Earnings25+ $51,318
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $31,274
Median Earnings With High School Degree $39,130


Median Family Income $100,627
% Above Poverty Level 96.5%
% Below Poverty Level 3.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 38 minutes
% Working from Home 6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.1%
% Using Public Transportation 10.7%


People Living Alone 22.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,155
Median House Value $331,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 30.8%
US/American 0.2%
English 3.2%
Irish 16.9%

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

Old Bridge Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 24 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey
County Middlesex
Standard Zip Codes 08857
Phone Area Codes 732
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.414
Longitude -74.365

Old Bridge Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 5.1 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 9.1 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 20 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
East Brunswick 48,426 $119,450
Helmetta 2,350 $78,828
Milltown 6,989 $115,331
Sayreville 44,051 $91,138
South River 16,274 $75,388
Spotswood 8,413 $93,971

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

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