Introduction to Roselle, New Jersey

Roselle, New Jersey, in Union county, is 2 miles S of Union, New Jersey and 6 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey. The town is part of the Newark metropolitan statistical area. About 21,274 people live in Roselle.

Roselle History

In 1664, a group of Englishmen from Long Island purchased the land now known as Union County from local Native Americans. On January 19, 1883, Thomas Edison lit up the entire town using the first electric lighting system with overhead wires. Influenced by the "Boroughitis" phenomenon of the late 19th century, Roselle was officially incorporated on December 20, 1894. According to some sources, the town was named after developer John C. Rose.

Roselle and nearby Attractions

  • Abraham Clark Memorial House
  • Edison National Historic Site
  • Weequahic Park
  • Snug Harbor Cultural Center
  • Branch Brook Park
  • Liberty Hall Museum

Things To Do In Roselle

Roselle offers great opportunities to learn about the areas history, art, and culture. There are many museums in and around the town including Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, Thomas A. Edison Memorial Tower & Museum, Historic Richmond Town, Crane Phillips Living Museum, and Woodruff House-Eaton Store Museum. Those interested can also visit the New Jersey Performing Arts Center nearby. Roselle has a number of picturesque churches that still retain the old world charm. The Warinanco Park is a good place to spend a day out with family and friends. Golfers can enjoy a game or two at the Roselle Golf Course or the Weequahic Park Golf Course.

Roselle Transportation

Newark Liberty International is the nearest local airport.

Roselle Higher Education

Kean University, Union County College, Seton Hall University, Rutgers University-Newark, the New Jersey Institute Of Technology, Essex County College and the CUNY-College of Staten Island are some of the local colleges and universities.


Total Population 21,466
Male Share of the Population 44.6%
Female Share of the Population 55.4%
Senior Citizens 14.1%
Employed Population 16+ 9,429
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 38%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.1%
Median Earnings25+ $37,169
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,471
Median Earnings With High School Degree $35,474


Median Family Income $63,314
% Above Poverty Level 85.4%
% Below Poverty Level 14.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 32 minutes
% Working from Home 2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation 7.3%


People Living Alone 33.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,084
Median House Value $213,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 52%
US/American 0%
English 0.7%
Irish 3.5%

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

Roselle Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles S of Union, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 6 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey
County Union
Standard Zip Codes 07203
Phone Area Codes 908
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.664
Longitude -74.263

Roselle Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 2.1 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 39 F
Apr Temp 38 to 62 F
Jul Temp 63 to 86 F
Oct Temp 42 to 65 F
Annual Precip 50.9 inches
Distance 6.2 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 38 F
Apr Temp 44 to 61 F
Jul Temp 69 to 85 F
Oct Temp 48 to 65 F
Annual Precip 46.2 inches
Distance 8 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
Clark 15,144 $109,635
Cranford 23,328 $135,500
Elizabeth 127,759 $44,835
Kenilworth 8,104 $102,298

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

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