Introduction to Raritan, New Jersey

Raritan, New Jersey is 12 miles W of Edison, New Jersey (center to center) and 27 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey. It is located in Somerset County.

Raritan History

The early settlers were primarily of Dutch origin. On April 3, 1868, Raritan was officially established as a subdivision of the Bridgewater Township. However, there were numerous lawsuits between the township and the community throughout the 1930s and 1940s. In May 1948, a referendum was passed, and an Act of the New Jersey Legislature incorporated the Borough of Raritan on June 12, 1948. This borough included the old town, as well as parts of Bridgewater Township. According to research, the community was named after the local river, which in turn was named after a tribe that had inhabited the area. During the Civil War and World War I, woollen mills in Raritan produced blankets for the troops.

Raritan and Nearby Attractions

  • Crane Phillips Living Museum
  • Albert Einstein House
  • Duke Island Park
  • Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary
  • Turtle Back Zoo
  • Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Things To Do In Raritan

Raritan offers easy access to numerous museums including the Crane Phillips Living Museum, the East Brunswick Museum, and the Princeton University Art Museum. The Duke Island Park provides facilities for picnicking and biking and also offers nature trails. Princeton Battlefield, a historical site near Raritan, is the site of a 1777 battle in which George Washington's troops defeated the British forces. The Washington Crossing Historical Park features a famous painting by Emanuel Leutze. Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary, the Turtle Back Zoo, the Reeves-Reed Arboretum, and Northlandz theme park are other popular attractions in the area.

Raritan Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Newark Liberty International Airport.

Raritan Higher Education

Raritan Valley Community College, Devry Institute, Rutgers University, and Princeton University are some of the colleges near Raritan.

Raritan Almanac

County Somerset County
Standard Zip Codes8869
Phone Area Codes
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.57
Approximate Longitude-74.64

Raritan Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance3.3 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
Distance12.6 miles
Jan Temp18 to 37 F
Apr Temp37 to 61 F
Jul Temp62 to 85 F
Oct Temp40 to 64 F
Annual Precip49.3 inches
Distance21.3 miles
Jan Temp21 to 40 F
Apr Temp39 to 63 F
Jul Temp64 to 87 F
Oct Temp42 to 67 F
Annual Precip48.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income

Raritan Public Libraries

Raritan Public Library
Raritan, New Jersey
(908) 725-0413

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Raritan Public Schools

John F Kennedy Elementary School
255 Woodmere St
ZIP: 8869
(908) 231-1179
Total Enrollment 428

Raritan Private Schools

Johnson & Johnson Child Dev Ctr Of Somerset Cnty
1000 Us Highway 202
ZIP: 8869
Total Enrollment 17
St Ann Grade School
29 2nd Ave
ZIP: 8869
Total Enrollment 206
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