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Overview

Introduction to South Amboy, New Jersey

South Amboy, New Jersey, in Middlesex County, is 5 miles S of Woodbridge, New Jersey and 18 miles S of Newark, New Jersey. The city’s population is approximately 7,913.

South Amboy History

South Amboy was created from parts of Perth Amboy. It was incorporated as a township on February 21, 1798. Initially, the municipalities of Jamesburg Cranbury, Sayreville, Old Bridge and Monroe were a part of South Amboy. However, they all broke off during the mid 19th century. The economy of the city was largely dependent on shipping and manufacturing industries during its early years. South Amboy was incorporated as a borough on February 25, 1888, and reincorporated as a city on April 11, 1908.

South Amboy and nearby Attractions

  • Middlesex County Museum
  • Staten Island Botanical Garden
  • Albert Einstein House
  • Cheesequake State Park
  • Zimmerli Art Museum
  • Brooklyn Bridge

Things To Do In South Amboy

The Middlesex County Museum, Monmouth Museum, the Steamboat Dock Museum, the New Jersey Museum of Agriculture, the Vietnam Era Educational Center and the Zimmerli Art Museum are some of the local museums. The Cheesequake State Park and Washington Rock State Park offer swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, picnicking and camping opportunities. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the New York Aquarium, the Staten Island Botanical Garden, the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary, and the Prospect Park Zoo are all accessible from South Amboy as well.

South Amboy Transportation

Newark Liberty International is the closest major airport.

South Amboy Higher Education

Middlesex County College, Rutgers University-New Brunswick and CUNY College of Staten Island are some of the colleges near South Amboy.

People

Total Population 8,749
Male Share of the Population 48.2%
Female Share of the Population 51.8%
Senior Citizens 14.3%
Employed Population 16+ 4,368
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 47.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 24.3%
Median Earnings25+ $52,340
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,125
Median Earnings With High School Degree $43,270

Wealth

Median Family Income $87,140
% Above Poverty Level 92.3%
% Below Poverty Level 7.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1%
% Using Public Transportation 10.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 36.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,191
Median House Value $280,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 24.5%
US/American 0.1%
English 3.1%
Irish 23.6%

South Amboy Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles S of Woodbridge, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 18 miles S of Newark, New Jersey
County Middlesex
Standard Zip Codes 08879
Phone Area Codes 732
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.477
Longitude -74.291

South Amboy 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 7.5 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 11.4 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 14.1 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, South Amboy, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Morgan (08879)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Keyport 7,213 $85,179
Matawan 8,759 $96,623
Perth Amboy 51,727 $51,264
Sayreville 43,962 $91,837
South River 16,177 $76,055
Woodbridge 100,344 $89,727

South Amboy Public Libraries

Library
Dowdell Library Of South Amboy
100 HOFFMAN PLAZA
South Amboy, New Jersey
(732) 721-6060
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South Amboy High Schools

SOUTH AMBOY HIGH
200 GOVERNOR HAROLD G. HOFFMAN
732-316-7669
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 537 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.8

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