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Overview

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.

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.

People

Total Population 5,900
Male Share of the Population 52.1%
Female Share of the Population 47.9%
Senior Citizens 20.1%
Employed Population 16+ 2,603
Age of the Population 45

Families

% of people married 53.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 60.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $151,542
% Above Poverty Level 97%
% Below Poverty Level 3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 33 minutes
% Working from Home 4.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.8%
% Using Public Transportation 2.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 17%
Median Gross Rent $2,027
Median House Value $753,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 24.2%
US/American 0.5%
English 2.7%
Irish 9.4%

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

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

Notes:

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

Station PLAINFIELD
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
Station CANOE BROOK
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
Station SOMERVILLE 4 NW
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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Fanwood 7,479 $127,390
Green Brook 7,155 $138,464
North Plainfield 22,156 $78,359
Plainfield 50,678 $53,917
Warren 15,867 $164,657

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

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