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Overview

Introduction to Piscataway, New Jersey

Piscataway, New Jersey, in Middlesex county, is 20 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey. The city provides commuters easy access to major highways and is part of the New York Metro area. The town is situated along the Raritan River. It's regarded as one of the oldest communities situated on the East Coast. Piscataway includes educational and research facilities due to being near Rutgers University and Robert Johnson Medical School.

In 2008 Piscataway was ranked 23rd in Money Magazine's top 100 places to live in America list. The city features an ethnically diverse population. The municipality is home to the Colgate Palmolive Technology Center and the world headquarters of Telcordia Technologies and American Standard. It includes the prominent facilities of Siemens Hearing Instruments, MCI World Com International, Johnson & Johnson Health Systems, Hapag-Lloyd and Pepsi Cola Bottling Group.

Piscataway History

The name was given by the original settlers who named the town after their prior residence along the Piscataquaua River, which forms a partial boundary between the states of New Hampshire and Maine. It was established by Quakers and Baptists. In the past, sections of Piscataway were taken to create other towns.

Piscataway Attractions

  • New Market, Randolphville, North Shelton and Fieldville are notable historic areas.
  • Piscatataway Town, the original village community, is situated in Edison Township.
  • Metlar/Bodine House Museum features prehistoric artifacts and hosts a variety of events.
  • Cornelius House/Middlesex County Museum is an historic structure and cited by the Historic American Building Survey of the Library of Congress. It features exhibits regarding the history of New Jersey.
  • Camp Kilmer is a notable location.
  • East Jersey Olde Towne Village is situated in Johnson Park. The village features numerous original, reconstructed and re-creations of historic structures.

Piscataway Activities

Johnson Park is popular for outdoor activities. Hiking enthusiasts enjoy the trails at the nearby Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park and Farrington Lake. Golfers enjoy the Rutgers Golf Course and other nearby courses.

Piscataway Higher Education

Piscataway is home to the Rutgers University Busch and Livingston campuses, Gibbs College and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Piscataway Campus. Drew University and Middlesex County College are nearby.

Demographics

People

Total Population57,432
Male Share of the Population49.4%
Female Share of the Population50.6%
Senior Citizens10.9%
Employed Population 16+24,297
Age of the Population32

Families

% of people married44.1%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher50.2%
Median Earnings25+$51,530
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,550
Median Earnings With High School Degree$35,910

Wealth

Median Family Income$101,425
% Above Poverty Level93%
% Below Poverty Level7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time32 minutes
% Working from Home4.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work1%
% Using Public Transportation7.6%

Housing

People Living Alone20.2%
Median Gross Rent$1,449
Median House Value$310,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)58.2%
Italian6.7%
Irish6.2%
German5.4%
Polish3.4%
English2.3%
African2%
West Indian1.9%
Hungarian1.2%
Russian1%
Jamaican0.9%
Nigerian0.9%
French Except Basque0.6%
Ukrainian0.5%
Arab0.5%
Greek0.5%
Dutch0.5%
Brazilian0.4%
Scottish0.4%
Slovak0.4%
Guyanese0.4%
Portuguese0.3%
Turkish0.3%
Swedish0.2%
Haitian0.2%
Norwegian0.2%
Czech0.2%
Egyptian0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Welsh0.1%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
British0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Albanian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Ghanaian0.1%
Cape Verdean0.1%
Kenyan0.1%
Sierra Leone0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
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Piscataway Almanac

CategoryValue
County Middlesex County
Standard Zip Codes8854
P.O. Box Zip Codes8855
Phone Area Codes732,908
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.51
Approximate Longitude-74.45

Piscataway 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
Distance2.9 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
StationFREEHOLD MARLBORO
Distance14.9 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
StationNY WESTERLEIGH STAT IS
Distance17.5 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Edison101,868$106,811
Highland Park14,245$85,519
Metuchen13,791$132,344
New Brunswick56,427$37,455
Sayreville44,260$89,732
South River16,305$79,460

Piscataway Public Libraries

Piscataway Public Library
500 HOES LANE
Piscataway, New Jersey
(732) 463-1633

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Piscataway Hospitals

University Behavioral Healthcare
(Government - State)
671 Hoes Lane West
(732) 235-5500

Piscataway Public Schools

Middlesex County Academy
1690 Stelton Road
ZIP: 8854
(732) 317-0300
High
Total Enrollment 21
Umdnj - Ctr
671 Hoes Lane
ZIP: 8854
(732) 235-4542
Primary
Knollwood Elementary School
333 Willow Avenue
ZIP: 8854
(732) 885-1528
Primary
Total Enrollment 495
Randolphville Elementary School
One Suttie Avenue
ZIP: 8854
(732) 699-1573
Primary
Total Enrollment 569
Grandview Elementary School
130 North Randolphville Rd
ZIP: 8854
(732) 752-2501
Primary
Total Enrollment 775
Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary School
360 Stelton Road
ZIP: 8854
(732) 752-1801
Primary
Total Enrollment 537
Middlesex County Vocational School Piscataway
21 Suttons Lane
ZIP: 8854
(732) 985-0717
High
Total Enrollment 357
Raritan Valley Academy
1690 Stelton Road
ZIP: 8854
(732) 777-9860
Other
Total Enrollment 31
Piscataway Regional Day School
1670 Stelton Rd
ZIP: 8854
(732) 985-8752
Other
Total Enrollment 118
Martin Luther King Elementary School
5205 Ludlow Street
ZIP: 8854
(732) 699-1563
Middle
Total Enrollment 523
Middlesex Co Voc School Piscataway School Of Career Develop
21 Suttons Lane
ZIP: 8854
(732) 572-9494
High
Total Enrollment 198
Nuview Academy
1 Park Avenue
ZIP: 8854
(732) 878-0070
Other
Total Enrollment 62
Quibbletown Middle School
99 Academy Street
ZIP: 8854
(732) 752-0444
Middle
Total Enrollment 577
Theodore Schor Middle School
243 North Randolphville Rd
ZIP: 8854
(732) 752-4457
Middle
Total Enrollment 613
Conackamack Middle School
5205 Witherspoon Street
ZIP: 8854
(732) 699-1577
Middle
Total Enrollment 480
Piscataway Township High School
100 Behmer Road
ZIP: 8854
(732) 981-0700
High
Total Enrollment 2170
Bright Beginnings Learning Center
1660 Stelton Road
ZIP: 8854
(732) 339-9331
Other
Total Enrollment 153
Arbor Elementary School
1717 Lester Place
ZIP: 8854
(732) 752-8652
Middle
Total Enrollment 567

Piscataway Private Schools

Yeshiva Shaarei Tzion Girls School
51 Park Ave
ZIP: 8854
Elementary
Total Enrollment 223
The First Class
111 Suttons Ln
ZIP: 8854
Elementary
Total Enrollment 30
Kinder College
1110 Centennial Ave Ste 1
ZIP: 8854
Elementary
Total Enrollment 10
Cclc At Piscataway
659 Hoes Ln W
ZIP: 8854
Elementary
Total Enrollment 6
Timothy Christian School
2008 Ethel Rd
ZIP: 8854
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 477
Yeshiva Shaarei Tzion Boys'
71 Ethel Rd W
ZIP: 8854
Elementary
Total Enrollment 156
Rutgers-livingston Daycare Center
49 Joyce Kilmer Ave
ZIP: 8854
Elementary
Total Enrollment 5
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