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Overview

Introduction to Perth Amboy, New Jersey

Perth Amboy, New Jersey, in Middlesex county, is 3 miles S of Woodbridge, New Jersey and 16 miles S of Newark, New Jersey. The city is in the Middlesex - Somerset - Hunterdon area.

Perth Amboy History

In 1683, Perth Amboy was settled in for the first time. It was named after the fourth earl of Perth. Perth Amboy was incorporated as a city in 1718. From 1686 to 1776, this city served as the state capital. The city hall of Perth Amboy was built in 1685 and is the oldest city hall in the United States.

Perth Amboy and nearby Attractions

  • Kearny Cottage
  • East Brunswick Museum
  • New Jersey Museum of Agriculture
  • Thomas A. Edison Memorial Tower & Museum
  • Cheesequake State Park

Things To Do In Perth Amboy

There are a number of historical buildings in Perth Amboy. The city also offers several scenic landscapes, which are ideal for family picnics. In addition, the town also offers outdoor sports facilities like tennis courts, pool tables and basketball courts. There is also a yacht club and a marina near the Waterfront of Perth Amboy.

Perth Amboy Transportation

International air transportation is available from John F. Kennedy International.

Perth Amboy Higher Education

Union County College provides facilities for higher education.

People

Total Population52,179
Male Share of the Population49.6%
Female Share of the Population50.4%
Senior Citizens10.2%
Employed Population 16+22,192
Age of the Population33

Families

% of people married39%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher14.5%
Median Earnings25+$31,806
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,314
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,329

Wealth

Median Family Income$49,140
% Above Poverty Level77.2%
% Below Poverty Level22.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time24 minutes
% Working from Home1.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work5.8%
% Using Public Transportation4.9%

Housing

People Living Alone22.4%
Median Gross Rent$1,166
Median House Value$245,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)82.1%
US/American0%
English0.5%
Irish1.8%

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

Perth Amboy Almanac

CategoryValue
Nearest Medium City 3 miles S of Woodbridge, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City16 miles S of Newark, New Jersey
CountyMiddlesex
Standard Zip Codes08861, 08863
P.O. Box Zip Codes08862
Phone Area Codes732
Time ZoneEastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude40.506
Longitude-74.265

Perth Amboy 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
Distance9.2 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
StationNY WESTERLEIGH STAT IS
Distance11.8 miles
Jan Temp25 to 40 F
Apr Temp42 to 62 F
Jul Temp67 to 86 F
Oct Temp47 to 66 F
Annual Precip48.6 inches
StationSANDY HOOK
Distance15.4 miles
Jan Temp26 to 38 F
Apr Temp42 to 58 F
Jul Temp68 to 83 F
Oct Temp49 to 64 F
Annual Precip43.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Carteret23,965$73,389
Iselin19,146$90,104
Metuchen13,765$131,500
Sayreville44,051$91,138
South Amboy8,787$90,548
Woodbridge101,164$91,275

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

Perth Amboy Public Libraries

Library
Perth Amboy Free Public Library
196 JEFFERSON STREET
Perth Amboy, New Jersey
(732) 826-2600
Library Web Site

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Perth Amboy Hospitals

RARITAN BAY MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
530 NEW BRUNSWICK AVE
(732) 442-3700
Emergency Service: Yes

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Perth Amboy High Schools

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PERTH AMBOY HIGH
EAGLE AVE. & FRANCIS ST.
732-376-6031
Serves 2,054 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.9

MDSEX CTY VOC PERTH AMBOY
618 NEW BRUNSWICK AVENUE
732-442-9595
A Vocational School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 220 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11

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