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Overview

Introduction to Roselle, New Jersey

Roselle, New Jersey, in Union county, is 2 miles S of Union, New Jersey and 6 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey. The town is part of the Newark metropolitan statistical area.

Roselle History

In 1664, a group of Englishmen from Long Island purchased the land now known as Union County from local Native Americans. On January 19, 1883, Thomas Edison lit up the entire town using the first electric lighting system with overhead wires. Influenced by the "Boroughitis" phenomenon of the late 19th century, Roselle was officially incorporated on December 20, 1894. According to some sources, the town was named after developer John C. Rose.

Roselle and nearby Attractions

  • Abraham Clark Memorial House
  • Edison National Historic Site
  • Weequahic Park
  • Snug Harbor Cultural Center
  • Branch Brook Park
  • Liberty Hall Museum

Things To Do In Roselle

Roselle offers great opportunities to learn about the areas history, art, and culture. There are many museums in and around the town including Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, Thomas A. Edison Memorial Tower & Museum, Historic Richmond Town, Crane Phillips Living Museum, and Woodruff House-Eaton Store Museum. Those interested can also visit the New Jersey Performing Arts Center nearby. Roselle has a number of picturesque churches that still retain the old world charm. The Warinanco Park is a good place to spend a day out with family and friends. Golfers can enjoy a game or two at the Roselle Golf Course or the Weequahic Park Golf Course.

Roselle Transportation

Newark Liberty International is the nearest local airport.

Roselle Higher Education

Kean University, Union County College, Seton Hall University, Rutgers University-Newark, the New Jersey Institute Of Technology, Essex County College and the CUNY-College of Staten Island are some of the local colleges and universities.

Demographics

People

Total Population21,507
Male Share of the Population45.8%
Female Share of the Population54.2%
Senior Citizens14.8%
Employed Population 16+9,730
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married34.8%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher18.5%
Median Earnings25+$36,577
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$18,014
Median Earnings With High School Degree$35,307

Wealth

Median Family Income$64,217
% Above Poverty Level85.9%
% Below Poverty Level14.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time31 minutes
% Working from Home2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.7%
% Using Public Transportation9.6%

Housing

People Living Alone34.3%
Median Gross Rent$1,084
Median House Value$204,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)50.2%
West Indian12.1%
Haitian9.5%
Irish2.9%
German2.5%
Italian2.2%
Polish2.1%
African1.7%
Jamaican1.3%
Portuguese1.3%
Ukrainian0.7%
English0.7%
Trinidad Tobago0.6%
Slovak0.6%
Ghanaian0.6%
Guyanese0.5%
Russian0.4%
Albanian0.3%
Nigerian0.3%
Finnish0.2%
British0.2%
Barbadian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
US Virgin Isl0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Swedish0.1%
French Except Basque0.1%
Scottish0.1%
Dutch0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Kenyan0.1%
Norwegian0.1%
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Roselle Almanac

CategoryValue
County Union County
Standard Zip Codes7203
Phone Area Codes908
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.65
Approximate Longitude-74.26

Roselle Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationCRANFORD
Distance2.1 miles
Jan Temp20 to 39 F
Apr Temp38 to 62 F
Jul Temp63 to 86 F
Oct Temp42 to 65 F
Annual Precip50.9 inches
StationNEWARK INTL AP
Distance6.2 miles
Jan Temp24 to 38 F
Apr Temp44 to 61 F
Jul Temp69 to 85 F
Oct Temp48 to 65 F
Annual Precip46.2 inches
StationNY WESTERLEIGH STAT IS
Distance8 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
Clark15,279$112,321
Cranford23,531$137,620
Elizabeth128,042$45,413
Kenilworth8,129$108,584
Roselle Park13,560$79,810
Union57,766$91,465

Roselle Public Libraries

Roselle Free Public Library
104 W. FOURTH AVENUE
Roselle, New Jersey
(908) 245-5809

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Roselle Public Schools

Abraham Clark High School
122 East 6th Ave
ZIP: 7203
(908) 298-2000
High
Total Enrollment 720
Dr. Charles C. Polk School
1100 Warren St
ZIP: 7203
(908) 298-2061
Primary
Total Enrollment 291
Grace Wilday Junior High School
500 Brooklawn Ave
ZIP: 7203
(908) 298-2066
Middle
Total Enrollment 382
Harrison Elementary School
310 Harrison Ave
ZIP: 7203
(908) 298-2052
Primary
Total Enrollment 314
Kindergarten Success Academy
150 East 3rd Avenue
ZIP: 7203
(908) 298-2040
Primary
Total Enrollment 205
Leonard V. Moore Middle School
720 Locust St
ZIP: 7203
(908) 298-2047
Middle
Total Enrollment 430
Roselle Preschool
1305 St Georges Avenue
ZIP: 7203
(908) 298-2040
Primary
Total Enrollment 56
Washington Elementary School
501 Washington Avenue
ZIP: 7203
(908) 298-2072
Primary
Total Enrollment 344

Roselle Private Schools

Roselle Catholic High School
350 Raritan Rd
ZIP: 7203
Secondary
Total Enrollment 469
St Joseph The Carpenter School
140 E 3rd Ave
ZIP: 7203
Elementary
Total Enrollment 196
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