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Overview

Introduction to Piscataway, New Jersey

Piscataway, New Jersey, in Middlesex county, is 20 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey. The city provides commuters easy access to major highways and is part of the New York Metro area. The town is situated along the Raritan River. It's regarded as one of the oldest communities situated on the East Coast. Piscataway includes educational and research facilities due to being near Rutgers University and Robert Johnson Medical School.

In 2008 Piscataway was ranked 23rd in Money Magazine's top 100 places to live in America list. The city features an ethnically diverse population. The municipality is home to the Colgate Palmolive Technology Center and the world headquarters of Telcordia Technologies and American Standard. It includes the prominent facilities of Siemens Hearing Instruments, MCI World Com International, Johnson & Johnson Health Systems, Hapag-Lloyd and Pepsi Cola Bottling Group.

Piscataway History

The name was given by the original settlers who named the town after their prior residence along the Piscataquaua River, which forms a partial boundary between the states of New Hampshire and Maine. It was established by Quakers and Baptists. In the past, sections of Piscataway were taken to create other towns.

Piscataway Attractions

  • New Market, Randolphville, North Shelton and Fieldville are notable historic areas.
  • Piscatataway Town, the original village community, is situated in Edison Township.
  • Metlar/Bodine House Museum features prehistoric artifacts and hosts a variety of events.
  • Cornelius House/Middlesex County Museum is an historic structure and cited by the Historic American Building Survey of the Library of Congress. It features exhibits regarding the history of New Jersey.
  • Camp Kilmer is a notable location.
  • East Jersey Olde Towne Village is situated in Johnson Park. The village features numerous original, reconstructed and re-creations of historic structures.

Piscataway Activities

Johnson Park is popular for outdoor activities. Hiking enthusiasts enjoy the trails at the nearby Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park and Farrington Lake. Golfers enjoy the Rutgers Golf Course and other nearby courses.

Piscataway Higher Education

Piscataway is home to the Rutgers University Busch and Livingston campuses, Gibbs College and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Piscataway Campus. Drew University and Middlesex County College are nearby.

People

Total Population 57,348
Male Share of the Population 49.6%
Female Share of the Population 50.4%
Senior Citizens 10.6%
Employed Population 16+ 25,092
Age of the Population 32

Families

% of people married 45.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 49.1%
Median Earnings25+ $51,587
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,196
Median Earnings With High School Degree $35,692

Wealth

Median Family Income $99,530
% Above Poverty Level 93.1%
% Below Poverty Level 6.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 33 minutes
% Working from Home 5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.7%
% Using Public Transportation 7.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 20.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,430
Median House Value $307,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 58.8%
US/American 0%
English 2.2%
Irish 6.2%

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

Piscataway Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 20 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey
County Middlesex
Standard Zip Codes 08854
P.O. Box Zip Codes 08855
Phone Area Codes 732
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.499
Longitude -74.399

Piscataway 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 2.9 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 FREEHOLD MARLBORO
Distance 14.9 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
Station NY WESTERLEIGH STAT IS
Distance 17.5 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
Highland Park 14,263 $86,648
Metuchen 13,765 $131,500
New Brunswick 56,338 $37,359
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/.

Piscataway Public Libraries

Library
Piscataway Township Public Library
500 HOES LANE
Piscataway, New Jersey
(732) 463-1633

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Piscataway High Schools

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PISCATAWAY TWP HIGH
100 BEHMER ROAD
732-981-0700
Serves 2,140 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.1

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21 SUTTON LANE
732-985-0717
A Vocational School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 483 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.2

RARITAN VALLEY ACADEMY
1690 STELTON ROAD
732-777-9860
A Special Education School
Serves 224 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.5

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