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Overview

Introduction to Carteret, New Jersey

Carteret, New Jersey, in Middlesex county, is 3 miles NE of Woodbridge, New Jersey and 11 miles S of Newark, New Jersey. The town is in the Middlesex - Somerset - Hunterdon area.

Carteret History

The original name of Carteret was Roosevelt, and it was initially created as the borough of Roosevelt in April, 1906. On November 7, 1922, the name of the town was formally changed to Carteret. According to some sources, the town of Carteret was named after one of the first proprietors of New Jersey, Sir George Carteret, or his son Philip Carteret, who was the first Governor of New Jersey.

Carteret and nearby Attractions

  • Carteret Jewish Community Center
  • Carteret Fire Station
  • First Presbyterian Church
  • Rolphs Creek
  • Carteret Park

Things To Do In Carteret

The town of Carteret offers easy access to some of New York’s popular tourist destinations like the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Empire State Building. From Carteret one can also visit the Liberty Hall Museum and the Staten Island Zoo. The town itself has a community center and numerous creeks running through the entire town, like Rolphs Creek, Noes Creek, Marshes Creek, and Caseys Creek, among others.

Carteret Transportation

Air transportation is available from Newark Liberty International Airport.

Carteret Higher Education

Educational facilities are available at the Cuny College of Staten Island. Also close by are Union County College and Kean University.

People

Total Population 23,965
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 10.1%
Employed Population 16+ 10,956
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 46.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23%
Median Earnings25+ $37,729
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,800
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,911

Wealth

Median Family Income $73,389
% Above Poverty Level 84.9%
% Below Poverty Level 15.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 1.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.1%
% Using Public Transportation 7.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 20.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,289
Median House Value $245,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 59%
US/American 0.1%
English 1%
Irish 7.8%

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

Carteret Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles NE of Woodbridge, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 11 miles S of Newark, New Jersey
County Middlesex
Standard Zip Codes 07008
Phone Area Codes 732
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.577
Longitude -74.228

Carteret 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 CRANFORD
Distance 6.3 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 39 F
Apr Temp 38 to 62 F
Jul Temp 63 to 86 F
Oct Temp 42 to 65 F
Annual Precip 50.9 inches
Station NY WESTERLEIGH STAT IS
Distance 7 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
Station NEWARK INTL AP
Distance 10.2 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 38 F
Apr Temp 44 to 61 F
Jul Temp 69 to 85 F
Oct Temp 48 to 65 F
Annual Precip 46.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

West Carteret (07008)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Elizabeth 127,759 $44,835
Iselin 19,146 $90,104
Linden 41,322 $73,044
Perth Amboy 52,179 $49,140
Rahway 28,644 $74,115
Woodbridge 101,164 $91,275

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

Carteret Public Libraries

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Carteret Free Public Library
100 COOKE AVENUE
Carteret, New Jersey
(732) 541-3830

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Carteret High Schools

CARTERET HIGH
199 WASHINGTON AVENUE
732-969-4000
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 966 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.4

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