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.


Total Population 52,179
Male Share of the Population 49.6%
Female Share of the Population 50.4%
Senior Citizens 10.2%
Employed Population 16+ 22,192
Age of the Population 33


% of people married 39%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.5%
Median Earnings25+ $31,806
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,314
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,329


Median Family Income $49,140
% Above Poverty Level 77.2%
% Below Poverty Level 22.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 1.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.8%
% Using Public Transportation 4.9%


People Living Alone 22.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,166
Median House Value $245,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 82.1%
US/American 0%
English 0.5%
Irish 1.8%

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

Perth Amboy Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles S of Woodbridge, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 16 miles S of Newark, New Jersey
County Middlesex
Standard Zip Codes 08861, 08863
P.O. Box Zip Codes 08862
Phone Area Codes 732
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.506
Longitude -74.265

Perth Amboy Climate

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

Distance 9.2 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 38 F
Apr Temp 40 to 61 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 43 to 65 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches
Distance 11.8 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
Distance 15.4 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 38 F
Apr Temp 42 to 58 F
Jul Temp 68 to 83 F
Oct Temp 49 to 64 F
Annual Precip 43.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Carteret 23,965 $73,389
Iselin 19,146 $90,104
Metuchen 13,765 $131,500
Sayreville 44,051 $91,138
South Amboy 8,787 $90,548
Woodbridge 101,164 $91,275

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

Perth Amboy Public Libraries

Perth Amboy Free Public Library
Perth Amboy, New Jersey
(732) 826-2600
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Perth Amboy Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(732) 442-3700
Emergency Service: Yes

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Perth Amboy High Schools

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Serves 2,054 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.9

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Serves 220 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11

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