Introduction to Raritan, New Jersey

Raritan, New Jersey is 12 miles W of Edison, New Jersey (center to center) and 27 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey. It is located in Somerset County and has a population of 6,338.

Raritan History

The early settlers were primarily of Dutch origin. On April 3, 1868, Raritan was officially established as a subdivision of the Bridgewater Township. However, there were numerous lawsuits between the township and the community throughout the 1930s and 1940s. In May 1948, a referendum was passed, and an Act of the New Jersey Legislature incorporated the Borough of Raritan on June 12, 1948. This borough included the old town, as well as parts of Bridgewater Township. According to research, the community was named after the local river, which in turn was named after a tribe that had inhabited the area. During the Civil War and World War I, woollen mills in Raritan produced blankets for the troops.

Raritan and Nearby Attractions

  • Crane Phillips Living Museum
  • Albert Einstein House
  • Duke Island Park
  • Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary
  • Turtle Back Zoo
  • Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Things To Do In Raritan

Raritan offers easy access to numerous museums including the Crane Phillips Living Museum, the East Brunswick Museum, and the Princeton University Art Museum. The Duke Island Park provides facilities for picnicking and biking and also offers nature trails. Princeton Battlefield, a historical site near Raritan, is the site of a 1777 battle in which George Washington's troops defeated the British forces. The Washington Crossing Historical Park features a famous painting by Emanuel Leutze. Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary, the Turtle Back Zoo, the Reeves-Reed Arboretum, and Northlandz theme park are other popular attractions in the area.

Raritan Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Newark Liberty International Airport.

Raritan Higher Education

Raritan Valley Community College, Devry Institute, Rutgers University, and Princeton University are some of the colleges near Raritan.


Total Population 22,106
Male Share of the Population 48.6%
Female Share of the Population 51.4%
Senior Citizens 12.7%
Employed Population 16+ 11,434
Age of the Population 44


% of people married 59.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 51.4%
Median Earnings25+ $65,870
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $40,333
Median Earnings With High School Degree $46,011


Median Family Income $134,884
% Above Poverty Level 94.5%
% Below Poverty Level 5.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 34 minutes
% Working from Home 4.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.6%
% Using Public Transportation 3.6%


People Living Alone 22.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,494
Median House Value $401,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.9%
US/American 0%
English 10.5%
Irish 23.4%

Raritan Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 12 miles W of Edison, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 27 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey
County Somerset
Standard Zip Codes 08869
Company Zip Codes 08896
Phone Area Codes 908
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.569
Longitude -74.644

Raritan Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.3 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 12.6 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 37 F
Apr Temp 37 to 61 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 40 to 64 F
Annual Precip 49.3 inches
Distance 21.3 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
Bound Brook 10,607 $63,002
Branchburg 14,547 $131,674
Bridgewater 44,855 $131,991
Manville 10,426 $74,892
Readington 16,093 $146,783
Somerville 12,175 $85,085
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