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Overview

Introduction to Spotswood, New Jersey

Spotswood, New Jersey, in Middlesex county, is 2 miles SW of Old Bridge, New Jersey and 26 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey.

Spotswood History

James Johnston arrived from Scotland in 1685, becoming the first European resident in the area. Johnston named his settlement Spotteswoode, which later became Spotswood. In the 1750s, Peter Ten Eyck, one of the Dutch settlers, established a grist mill, sawmill, and forge in the region. During the 1800s, Spotswood started producing industrial products like snuff and paper. It became an independent community on April 15, 1908, and over the next few years, Spotswood developed into a summer vacation spot.

Spotswood and nearby Attractions

  • East Brunswick Museum
  • Albert Einstein House
  • Allgor-Barkalow Homestead Museum
  • Monmouth Battlefield
  • Allaire State Park
  • Staten Island Botanical Garden

Things To Do In Spotswood

Exhibits at the the Hungarian Heritage Center showcase the history and culture of American Hungarians, while the New Jersey Museum of Agriculture has displays reflecting rural New Jersey life from the pre-Colonial era up to the present times. At the Stone Museum, visitors can see various minerals, fossils, and fluorescent rock exhibits. The Zimmerli Art Museum houses collections of European, Russian, Soviet, Japanese, and American art, printmaking and graphic art designs. A 1778 Revolutionary War battle took place at the Monmouth Battlefield. Cheesequake State Park, Colonial Park, and East Freehold County Park are the popular parks in the area.

Spotswood Transportation

Air transportation is available from Newark Liberty International Airport.

Spotswood Higher Education

Nearby colleges and universities include Middlesex County College, Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Princeton University.

People

Total Population 8,413
Male Share of the Population 49.9%
Female Share of the Population 50.1%
Senior Citizens 18.5%
Employed Population 16+ 3,942
Age of the Population 44

Families

% of people married 54.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 24.1%
Median Earnings25+ $49,589
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,139
Median Earnings With High School Degree $47,917

Wealth

Median Family Income $93,971
% Above Poverty Level 94.2%
% Below Poverty Level 5.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 3.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation 5.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 31.1%
Median Gross Rent $888
Median House Value $284,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15.1%
US/American 0.4%
English 5.6%
Irish 19.8%

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

Spotswood Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles SW of Old Bridge, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 26 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey
County Middlesex
Standard Zip Codes 08884
Phone Area Codes 732
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.391
Longitude -74.398

Spotswood Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station NEW BRUNSWICK 3 SE
Distance 5.5 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
Station FREEHOLD MARLBORO
Distance 9.4 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 39 F
Apr Temp 40 to 61 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 43 to 66 F
Annual Precip 46.7 inches
Station SANDY HOOK
Distance 22.3 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
East Brunswick 48,426 $119,450
Helmetta 2,350 $78,828
Jamesburg 5,978 $69,340
Milltown 6,989 $115,331
Old Bridge 66,594 $100,627
South River 16,274 $75,388

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

Spotswood Public Libraries

Library
Spotswood Public Library
548 MAIN STREET
Spotswood, New Jersey
(732) 251-1515

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SPOTSWOOD HIGH
105 SUMMERHILL ROAD
732-723-5105
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 788 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.7

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