Watchung, New Jersey

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Watchung, New Jersey

Introduction to Watchung, New Jersey

Watchung, New Jersey is 8 miles N of Edison, New Jersey and 16 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey. It is in Somerset County. The population of the town is 5,613.

Watchung History

Watchung was incorporated on March 23, 1926. Watchung was a semi-rural community with a very small population up until the beginning of the 20th century. The Plainfield riots of 1967 caused a large number of people to move from the city into the Watchung Hill area.

Watchung and nearby Attractions

  • Community Children's Museum
  • Boxwood Hall
  • Eagle Rock Reservation
  • U.S Bicycling Hall of Fame
  • Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary
  • Waterloo Village

Things To Do In Watchung

Local museums include the Drake House Museum, the Thomas A. Edison Memorial Tower and Museum, and the Littell-Lord Farmhouse Museum. Nearby historic sites nearby include the Israel Crane House, Grover Cleveland’s Home and the Buccleuch Mansion. Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park, Washington Rock State Park, and Washington Valley Park are some of the nearby parks, while the Staten Island Zoo is accessible from Watchung as well.

Watchung Transportation

Newark Liberty International is the nearest major airport.

Watchung Higher Education

Nearby colleges and universities include Drew University, Montclair State University, College of Saint Elizabeth, and Bloomfield College.

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High Points

Watchung strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in New Jersey):

Category Trophy
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Watchung Median Family Income
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Watchung People in Middle Class or Better
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Watchung Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Watchung Well-Paid Single Men
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Watchung Low Rate of Poverty
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Watchung College Educated Adults
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Watchung Low Violent Crime
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Watchung Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Watchung, New Jersey

Comparing Watchung to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in New Jersey (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Age of the Population 10 10
Racial Diversity 8 6
Male Share of the Population 7 7
Senior Citizens 7 8
Female Share of the Population 4 4
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 9
Average Household Size 7 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 10 10
Median Family Income 10 10
People Above Poverty 10 9
College Educated Adults 10 10

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 10
Public Transportation Use 9 6
Short Commute Times 2 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 8 8
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 8 7
Housing Recently Built 5 7
People Living Alone 2 3
Affordability of Rents 2 4
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 9 8
Low Property Crime 2 1

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Watchung Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles N of Edison, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 16 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey
County Somerset
Standard Zip Codes 07069
Phone Area Codes 908
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.637
Longitude -74.451

Watchung Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 3.8 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 39 F
Apr Temp 39 to 63 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 66 F
Annual Precip 49.6 inches
Distance 9.4 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 39 F
Apr Temp 38 to 62 F
Jul Temp 62 to 86 F
Oct Temp 40 to 66 F
Annual Precip 51.6 inches
Distance 10.5 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
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Watchung Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,613 100%
Male 2,741 48.8%
Female 2,872 51.2%
Under 18 1,227 21.9%
18+ 4,386 78.1%
65+ 914 16.3%
Median Age 43
Average Family Size 3
White 4,732 84.3%
African-American 189 3.4%
Asian 553 9.9%
American Indian & Alaskan 5 0.1%
Other 40 0.7%
Mixed Race 89 1.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 168 3%

Estimated Watchung Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 6,170
Growth 557
Growth % 9.9%

Watchung Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 19%
Italian 15.7%
Irish 11.9%
German 10%
US/American 6%
Polish 5.6%
Russian 4.4%
English 4.1%
Greek 2%
Scottish 1.9%
Hungarian 1.5%
Scotch-Irish 1.4%
Dutch 1.3%
French (except Basque) 1.3%
European 1.3%
Portuguese 1.2%
Ukrainian 0.8%
Swedish 0.7%
Turkish 0.7%
Austrian 0.7%
Eastern European 0.6%
Brazilian 0.6%
Other Arab 0.6%
Egyptian 0.6%
Danish 0.5%
Estonian 0.5%
French Canadian 0.5%
Romanian 0.4%
African 0.3%
Nigerian 0.3%
Barbadian 0.3%
Czech 0.3%
British 0.3%
Alsatian 0.2%
Slavic 0.2%
Latvian 0.2%
Iranian 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
Other Subsaharan African 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Jamaican 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
Slovene 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Watchung 5,613 $120,764
Fanwood 7,174 $99,232
Green Brook 5,654 $87,744
North Plainfield 21,103 $62,875
Plainfield 47,829 $50,774
Scotch Plains 22,732 $96,238
Warren 14,259 $121,264
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