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.

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.


Total Population 8,787
Male Share of the Population 49.1%
Female Share of the Population 50.9%
Senior Citizens 18.1%
Employed Population 16+ 4,268
Age of the Population 45


% of people married 47.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 26.9%
Median Earnings25+ $49,944
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,227
Median Earnings With High School Degree $41,705


Median Family Income $90,548
% Above Poverty Level 93.1%
% Below Poverty Level 6.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2%
% Using Public Transportation 8.8%


People Living Alone 35.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,167
Median House Value $272,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 23.4%
US/American 0.3%
English 3.5%
Irish 25.9%

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

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


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

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
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
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 7,195 $83,995
Matawan 8,887 $97,165
Perth Amboy 52,179 $49,140
Sayreville 44,051 $91,138
South River 16,274 $75,388
Woodbridge 101,164 $91,275

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

South Amboy Public Libraries

Dowdell Library Of South Amboy
South Amboy, New Jersey
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Serves 537 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.8

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