Introduction to South River, New Jersey

South River, New Jersey, in Middlesex county, is 2 miles NW of Old Bridge, New Jersey and 22 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey. Part of the surrounding Middlesex - Somerset - Hunterdon metro area, South River is home to some 15,322 residents.

South River History

The area that is now known as South River was originally established as a part of East Brunswick Township in February of 1870. The present name of South River was adapted in 1870. The area became an independent town in February, 1898.

South River and nearby Attractions

  • Metlar-Bodine House Museum
  • Rutgers Gardens and Helyar Woods
  • New Jersey Convention Expo - Raritan Center
  • Jamesburg County Park
  • Pigeon Swamp State Park
  • Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary

Things To Do In South River

There are a number of parks in and around the area, as well as water bodies which serve well as places where people go to relax and also pursue physical activities like jogging and various sports. There are some interesting places around the area which include museums and also a bird sanctuary.

South River Transportation

The Newark International Airport provides air transportation facilities.

South River Higher Education

Higher studies can be pursued at Middlesex County College, Rutgers University, Devry Institute and Union County College.


Total Population 16,177
Male Share of the Population 50.6%
Female Share of the Population 49.4%
Senior Citizens 12%
Employed Population 16+ 7,755
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 43.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22%
Median Earnings25+ $39,011
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $28,505
Median Earnings With High School Degree $33,012


Median Family Income $76,055
% Above Poverty Level 87.5%
% Below Poverty Level 12.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.8%
% Using Public Transportation 4.4%


People Living Alone 26.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,161
Median House Value $282,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 35.5%
US/American 0%
English 2.8%
Irish 9.3%

South River Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles NW of Old Bridge, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 22 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey
County Middlesex
Standard Zip Codes 08882
Company Zip Codes 08877
Phone Area Codes 732
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.446
Longitude -74.386

South River Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 2.8 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 11.5 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 19.2 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
East Brunswick 48,003 $117,188
Milltown 6,974 $112,297
Old Bridge 66,272 $101,697
Piscataway 57,636 $100,323
Sayreville 43,962 $91,837
Spotswood 8,359 $96,707

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South River, New Jersey
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Student/teacher ratio: 12

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