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Overview

Introduction to New Brunswick, New Jersey

The city of New Brunswick is the county seat of Middlesex County, New Jersey. Situated on the banks of the Raritan River in central New Jersey, New Brunswick sits 31 miles southwest of New York City and only 20 miles south of Newark International Airport. Another large city not too far away is Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (about 60 miles to the southwest). The city is serviced by the New Jersey Turnpike (Interstate 95) and U.S. Routes 1, 18 and 27. New Brunswick is the home of Rutgers University, the state university of New Jersey.

First settled by non-natives in the late 1600s, New Brunswick was originally called Prigmore's Swamp and later Inian's Ferry. Its present name was derived from the English royal house of Brunswick. Incorporated as a town in 1736 and chartered as a city in 1784, New Brunswick served as an early hub for Colonial travelers and traders and later became an important center of industry and commerce. Rutgers University, founded in the city in 1766, was the eighth college to be established in the colonies and the only state university to have existed before the Revolutionary War. In 1885, the Johnson brothers located their adhesive tape and gauze business in an old mill in the city, marking the beginnings of Johnson & Johnson, today the world's largest health care products manufacturer and still headquartered in downtown New Brunswick.

New Brunswick Area Attractions

New Brunswick is rich in historic sites of local and national significance. Some of the more popular are as follows:

  • State Theater: Home to the American Repertory Ballet and the Princeton Ballet School
  • Joyce Kilmer House: Birthplace of the famed poet and war hero
  • Buccleuch Mansion in Buccleuch Park: Constructed in 1739 and frequently visited by George Washington
  • The Henry Guest House: Built in 1760 by Henry Guest, a New Brunswick alderman and an associate of President John Adams
  • Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University
  • Albus Cavus Art Gallery
  • Rutgers University Geology Museum
  • New Jersey Agricultural Museum at Cook College
  • Crossroads Theatre
  • George Street Playhouse
  • The historic Old Queens Campus of Rutgers University
  • Johnson & Johnson world headquarters
  • Rutgers Gardens
  • The Willow Grove Cemetery
  • New Brunswick Fire Department Museum

The greater metropolitan New York City area is less than an hour away. A visitor to this area can find a virtually unlimited number of things to see and do. Just a small sampling is listed here:

  • Empire State Building
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Carnegie Hall
  • Rockefeller Center
  • Apollo Theater
  • Staten Island Ferry
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Central Park
  • Bronx Zoo
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Brooklyn Children’s Museum
  • The Museum of Modern Art
  • American Museum of Natural History

The New York City area is replete with major league sports. Some of the New York area professional teams include: Baseball's New York Yankees (MLB) and New York Mets (MLB); football's New York Jets (NFL) and New York Giants (NFL); hockey's New York Islanders (NHL), New York Rangers (NHL), and New Jersey Devils (NHL); basketball's New York Knicks (NBA) and New Jersey Nets (NBA); women's basketball's New York Liberty (WNBA); lacrosse's Long Island Lizards (MLL); and soccer's Red Bull New York (MLS).

Demographics

People

Total Population56,427
Male Share of the Population50%
Female Share of the Population50%
Senior Citizens5.1%
Employed Population 16+22,282
Age of the Population24

Families

% of people married23.1%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher19.9%
Median Earnings25+$23,536
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$18,111
Median Earnings With High School Degree$22,515

Wealth

Median Family Income$37,455
% Above Poverty Level64%
% Below Poverty Level36%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time26 minutes
% Working from Home1%
% Walking and Biking to Work15.6%
% Using Public Transportation9.5%

Housing

People Living Alone26.6%
Median Gross Rent$1,381
Median House Value$253,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)71.9%
Irish3.6%
Italian3.3%
German2.3%
West Indian1.2%
African1.2%
English1.1%
Polish1.1%
Russian0.8%
Arab0.6%
Hungarian0.6%
Greek0.4%
French Except Basque0.4%
Jamaican0.4%
Haitian0.3%
Nigerian0.2%
Swedish0.2%
Scottish0.2%
Guyanese0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Turkish0.2%
Egyptian0.2%
British0.1%
Ghanaian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Czech0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Dutch0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Norwegian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
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New Brunswick Almanac

CategoryValue
County Middlesex County
Standard Zip Codes8901, 8904, 8902
P.O. Box Zip Codes8903, 8906
Company Zip Codes8905, 8933, 8989
Phone Area Codes732,848,908
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.48
Approximate Longitude-74.44

New Brunswick 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
Distance1.7 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
Distance13.8 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
Distance15.8 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
Edison101,868$106,811
Highland Park14,245$85,519
Milltown7,016$120,011
North Brunswick42,392$95,333
Piscataway57,432$101,425
South River16,305$79,460

New Brunswick Public Libraries

New Brunswick Free Public Library
60 LIVINGSTON AVENUE
New Brunswick, New Jersey
(732) 745-5108

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New Brunswick Hospitals

Bristol Myers Squibb Childrens Hospital
(Proprietary)
1 Robert Wood Johnson Place
(732) 253-3300
Cancer Institute Of New Jersey
(Government - State)
195 Little Albany Street
(732) 235-2465
Children's Specialized Hospital
(Proprietary)
200 Somerset Street
(732) 258-7134
Saint Peters University Hospital
(Non-profit)
254 Easton Avenue
(732) 745-8600
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
(Non-profit)
1 Robert Wood Johnson Place
(732) 828-3000

New Brunswick Public Schools

A Chester Redshaw School
40 Van Dyke Avenue
ZIP: 8901
(732) 745-5300
Primary
Total Enrollment 781
Greater Brunswick Charter School
429 Joyce Kilmer Avenue
ZIP: 8901
(732) 448-1052
Primary
Total Enrollment 381
Lincoln Elementary School
66 Bartlett Street
ZIP: 8901
(732) 745-5300
Primary
Total Enrollment 711
Livingston Elementary School
206 Delavan Street
ZIP: 8901
(732) 745-5300
Primary
Total Enrollment 581
Lord Stlrling Elementary School
101 Redmond Street
ZIP: 8901
(732) 745-5300
Primary
Total Enrollment 643
Mckinley Community School
15 Van Dyke Ave
ZIP: 8901
(732) 745-5300
Primary
Total Enrollment 876
New Brunswick High School
1000 Somerset St
ZIP: 8901
(732) 745-5300
High
Total Enrollment 1765
New Brunswick Middle School
1125 Livingston Avenue
ZIP: 8901
(732) 745-5300
Middle
Total Enrollment 1365
Paul Robeson Community School
199 Commercial Ave
ZIP: 8901
(732) 745-5300
Primary
Total Enrollment 575
Roosevelt Elementary School
83 Livingston Ave
ZIP: 8901
(732) 745-5300
Primary
Total Enrollment 878
Woodrow Wilson Elementary School
133 Tunison Rd
ZIP: 8901
(732) 745-5300
Primary
Total Enrollment 443
Middlesex Co Youth Ctr
Us Highway 130, Box 7164
ZIP: 8902
(732) 297-8991
Other

New Brunswick Private Schools

Mae J Strong Child Development Center
120 Livingston Ave
ZIP: 8901
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
Johnson & Johnson Child Development Center
1 Johnson And Johnson Plaza
ZIP: 8933
Elementary
Total Enrollment 1
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