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Overview

Introduction to Edison, New Jersey

Edison is bordered to the south by the Raritan River in Middlesex County. It was placed at the 28th position for the most livable small city in the country by Money Magazine. It's recognized as a middle class and upper middle class city which includes a large number of ethnic neighborhoods.

Edison serves as a major transportation center for the distribution of goods due to the large network of highways traversing through the town which lead to numerous large cities. It's also a major center for rail transportation. Raritan Center is one of the biggest industrial parks east of the Mississippi River.

History

The municipality was originally included in the Woodbridge Township and the Piscataway Township during the late 17th century. In 1954 the city was renamed in tribute to the well known inventor Thomas Edison. In 1876 Thomas Edison created the nearby Menlo Park Laboratory. During this time he developed some of his well known inventions including the phonograph as well as an incandescent light bulb filament.

The population experienced significant growth during the second portion of the 19th century primarily due to the attractive rural setting which became easier to access with the arrival of the Pennsylvania Railroad. During the late 1800's a large number of residents commuted to their jobs in New York and areas of New Jersey.

Transportation

Edison is served by the Newark International Airport. Edison Station provides train service to New York City and Trenton.

Higher Education

Edison is home to Middlesex County College.

Attractions

  • Inman Sports Club
  • Menlo Park Mall
  • Oak Tree Pond was a battle ground site during the American Revolutionary War
  • Roosevelt Park
  • The Thomas Alva Edison Memorial Tower and Museum features a large number of his inventions such as light bulbs and a Light-O-Matic Radio
  • Edison Fall Family Spectacular Music Festival
  • Ash Brook Reservation
  • Nearby Farrington Lake offers noteworthy hiking trails
  • The Cheesequake State Park Campground includes scenic wooded areas

Demographics

People

Total Population101,868
Male Share of the Population49%
Female Share of the Population51%
Senior Citizens13.7%
Employed Population 16+50,027
Age of the Population39

Families

% of people married60.9%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher54.2%
Median Earnings25+$54,808
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,436
Median Earnings With High School Degree$32,375

Wealth

Median Family Income$106,811
% Above Poverty Level94.9%
% Below Poverty Level5.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time36 minutes
% Working from Home4.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.7%
% Using Public Transportation13.7%

Housing

People Living Alone20.2%
Median Gross Rent$1,386
Median House Value$366,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)61%
Italian8.7%
Irish7.3%
Polish5.1%
German5.1%
Russian1.8%
English1.6%
Hungarian1.6%
African1%
Portuguese0.9%
Greek0.8%
French Except Basque0.8%
Arab0.8%
West Indian0.8%
Ukrainian0.7%
Slovak0.6%
Scottish0.5%
Afghan)0.5%
Danishn0.4%
Jamaican0.4%
Dutch0.4%
Nigerian0.3%
Egyptian0.3%
Ghanaian0.2%
Turkish0.2%
Swedish0.2%
Iranian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Norwegian0.2%
Guyanese0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Welsh0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Palestinian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
British0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
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Edison Almanac

CategoryValue
County Middlesex County
Standard Zip Codes8817, 8820, 8837, 8899
P.O. Box Zip Codes8818
Phone Area Codes732,848,908
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.51
Approximate Longitude-74.39

Edison Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationNEW BRUNSWICK 3 SE
Distance3.8 miles
Jan Temp21 to 38 F
Apr Temp40 to 61 F
Jul Temp64 to 85 F
Oct Temp43 to 65 F
Annual Precip48.7 inches
StationSOMERVILLE 4 NW
Distance14.2 miles
Jan Temp19 to 37 F
Apr Temp37 to 60 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp41 to 64 F
Annual Precip47.7 inches
StationFREEHOLD MARLBORO
Distance16.4 miles
Jan Temp21 to 39 F
Apr Temp40 to 61 F
Jul Temp64 to 85 F
Oct Temp43 to 66 F
Annual Precip46.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Highland Park14,245$85,519
Metuchen13,791$132,344
Milltown7,016$120,011
New Brunswick56,427$37,455
Piscataway57,432$101,425
South Plainfield23,963$103,365

Edison Public Libraries

Edison Township Free Public Library
340 PLAINFIELD AVENUE
Edison, New Jersey
(732) 287-2298

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Edison Hospitals

John Fitzgerald Kennedy Medical Center
(Non-profit)
65 James Street
(732) 321-7000
Robert Wood Johnson, Jr. Rehabilitation Institute
(Proprietary)
65 James Street
(732) 321-7051

Edison Public Schools

Benjamin Franklin Elementary School
2485 Woodbridge Avenue
ZIP: 8817
(732) 650-5300
Primary
Total Enrollment 602
Edison Early Learning Center
10 Boulevard Of The Eagles
ZIP: 8817
(732) 452-2804
Primary
Total Enrollment 71
Edison High School
50 Boulevard Of The Eagles
ZIP: 8817
(732) 650-5200
High
Total Enrollment 1908
John Marshall Elementary School
15 Cornell Street
ZIP: 8817
(732) 650-5370
Primary
Total Enrollment 600
Lincoln Elementary School
53 Brookville Road
ZIP: 8817
(732) 650-5270
Primary
Total Enrollment 702
Lindeneau Elementary School
50 Blossom Street
ZIP: 8817
(732) 650-5320
Primary
Total Enrollment 427
Thomas Jefferson Middle School
450 Division Street
ZIP: 8817
(732) 650-5290
Middle
Total Enrollment 743
Washington Elementary School
153 Winthrop Road
ZIP: 8817
(732) 650-5280
Primary
Total Enrollment 612
Franklin D Roosevelt School
838 New Dover Rd
ZIP: 8820
(732) 452-2939
Primary
Total Enrollment 95
James Madison Intermediate School
838 New Dover Road
ZIP: 8820
(732) 452-2960
Primary
Total Enrollment 593
James Madison Primary School
840 New Dover Road
ZIP: 8820
(732) 452-2990
Primary
Total Enrollment 569
John Adams Middle School
1081 New Dover Road
ZIP: 8820
(732) 452-2920
Middle
Total Enrollment 882
John P. Stevens High School
855 Grove Avenue
ZIP: 8820
(732) 452-2800
High
Total Enrollment 2170
Martin Luther King Elementary School
285 Tingley Lane
ZIP: 8820
(732) 452-2980
Primary
Total Enrollment 630
Menlo Park Elementary School
155 Monroe Avenue
ZIP: 8820
(732) 452-2910
Primary
Total Enrollment 820
Woodbrook Elementary School
15 Robin Road
ZIP: 8820
(732) 452-2901
Primary
Total Enrollment 974
Woodrow Wilson Middle School
50 Woodrow Wilson Drive
ZIP: 8820
(732) 452-2870
Middle
Total Enrollment 990
Herbert Hoover Middle School
174 Jackson Avenue
ZIP: 8837
(732) 452-2940
Middle
Total Enrollment 837
Middlesex County Voc Academy Math Science &engineering Techn
100 Technology Drive
ZIP: 8837
(732) 452-2600
High
Total Enrollment 167

Edison Private Schools

Apple Montessori School
2825 Woodbridge Ave
ZIP: 8817
Elementary
Total Enrollment 51
Little Flower Montessori School
6 Kilmer Rd Ste O
ZIP: 8817
Elementary
Total Enrollment 100
New Friends Childcare & Preschool
2027 Woodbridge Ave
ZIP: 8817
Elementary
Total Enrollment 8
Rabbi Jacob Joseph Yeshiva
1 Plainfield Ave
ZIP: 8817
Secondary
Total Enrollment 92
Yeshivat Netivot Montessori
91 Jefferson Blvd
ZIP: 8817
Elementary
Total Enrollment 55
Bishop George Ahr High School
1 Tingley Ln
ZIP: 8820
Secondary
Total Enrollment 886
Keith Wold Johnson Child Center
2050 Oak Tree Rd
ZIP: 8820
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
Little Treasures Learning Center
2177 Oak Tree Rd Ste 100
ZIP: 8820
Elementary
Total Enrollment 106
Plaza Child Care
4 Progress St Ste A3 Tcm Plz
ZIP: 8820
Elementary
Total Enrollment 13
St Helena School
930 Grove Ave
ZIP: 8820
Elementary
Total Enrollment 239
Wardlaw-hartridge School
1295 Inman Ave
ZIP: 8820
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 417
You & Me School
2050 Oak Tree Rd
ZIP: 8820
Elementary
Total Enrollment 3
Helping Hand Nursery School
1059 Amboy Ave
ZIP: 8837
Elementary
Total Enrollment 7
John Kenney Child Care Center Heller Park
211 Mill Rd
ZIP: 8837
Elementary
Total Enrollment 16
Lakeview School
10 Oak Dr
ZIP: 8837
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 157
Peppermint Tree Child Care Center
165 Fieldcrest Ave
ZIP: 8837
Elementary
Total Enrollment 22
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