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).

New Brunswick Almanac

County Middlesex County
Standard Zip Codes08901, 08904, 08902
P.O. Box Zip Codes8903, 8906
Company Zip Codes8905, 8933, 8989
Phone Area Codes732, 28, 48, 908
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.48
Approximate Longitude-74.44

New Brunswick Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

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
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
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

New Brunswick Public Libraries

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

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New Brunswick Hospitals

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

New Brunswick Public Schools

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

New Brunswick Private Schools

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