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Borough of Metuchen

  •   State: 
    New Jersey
    Middlesex County
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    40°32′33″N 74°21′46″W
      Area total: 
    2.84 sq mi (7.36 km²)
      Area land: 
    2.84 sq mi (7.35 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.00 sq mi (0.01 km²)
    95 ft (29 m)
    Incorporated March 20, 1900
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
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    Metuchen, Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    5,282.2 residents per square mile of area (2,039.5/km²)
      Household income: 
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Metuchen is a suburban borough in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 13,574, reflecting an increase of 734 (+5.7%) from the 12,840 counted in the 2000 Census. Metuchen was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 20, 1900, from portions of Raritan Township (now known as Edison) The borough is a commuter town of New York City, located in the heart of theRaritan Valley region within the New York Metropolitan area. The borough, along with Edison, is a regional commercial hub for Central New Jersey and is 6 miles northeast of New Brunswick, 17 miles southwest of Newark, 20 miles (32 km) southwest of Jersey City, and 22 miles (35 km) northeast of Manhattan. The name "Metucen" first appeared in 1688/1689, and its name was derived from the name of a Native American chief, known as Matouchin or Matochshegan. In 1646, Chief Matouch in was part of a group that included 1,200 warriors. The earliest residents of the area were the Raritans of the Lenape Native Americans, who lived in the area and travelled through it to the shore. The town hosted Howard Newton Fuller and the Rutgers College Glee Club in the first-ever performance of their alma mater in 1879. In 1879, the debating society was formed, the Village Improvement Society #15, and in 1882, Metucen had an enrollment of 256 pupils.


Until 1870, what is now Metuchen was part of Woodbridge Township. The name "Metuchen" first appeared in 1688/1689, and its name was derived from the name of a Native American chief, known as Matouchin or Matochshegan. In 1836, the New Jersey Railroad was completed to New Brunswick. The first Catholic mass was celebrated and St. Luke's Episcopal Church was founded in 1859. In 1900, the borough became the newly established Seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metucen. The borough was nominated as one of the eight semifinalists for the 2023 Great American Street Award by the Great American Motor Company. In 2004, the city was awarded the New York City Beautiful award for the first time in its history. The award was given to the city of New York, which also has a Beautiful City Award for the most beautiful city in the world. The city is home to the Brainy Boro Station post offices, named after one of its famous intellectuals, Brian Boro. The town is located on the banks of the Hackensack River, which is a tributary of the Hudson River. It is the site of the former Raritan Township, which was once part of the Passaic River and the Delaware River, and is now a part of New Jersey's Asbury Park area. It has a population of about 3,000, making it the second largest city in New Jersey after New York.


Metuchen has been a state-designated "town center" since 1996 and "transit village" in 2001. The borough has been recognized for its smart growth development. Plans to build a residential and commercial center with 700 parking spaces on a parking lot adjacent to the train station were announced in July 2014. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 2.85 square miles (7.39 km²) of land and 0.01 square miles of water (0.07%) The Borough of Metuchen is completely surrounded by Edison, making it part of 21 pairs of "doughnut towns" in the state, where one municipality entirely surrounds another. Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Jefferson Park and Robinvale. It is located on the New Jersey Turnpike, which connects to New York City via the Raritan River and the Delaware River. It has a population of 2,816. It was the site of the World War II-era Battle of the Bulge, which was fought between the United States and the Soviet Union in World War I. The town was named after the town's first postmaster, who was killed in the battle. It also has the name of a former postmaster general, who died in the First World War. The city's name is derived from the word "metuchen", which means "metropolitan" in German.


The 2010 U.S. census counted 13,574 people, 5,243 households, and 3,744 families in the borough. The racial makeup of the borough was 93.30% White, 3.38% African American, 0.10% Native American, 7.23% Asian, 1.12% from other races, and 1.86% from two or more races. The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $94,410 (with a margin of error of +/ $10,474) and the median family income was$126,123 (+/ $7,549). Males had a median income of $78,974 (-/ $8,613) versus $57,271 (-/$5,731) for females. About 3.9% of families and 2.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.8% of those under age 18 and 5.7% ofThose age 65 or over. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.05. The median age was 41.1 years. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 88.2 males. The per capita income for the Borough was $46,949 (+/$3,227). About 34% of. families and 3.6% of people over the age of 65 were below poverty line.

Parks and recreation

Metuchen includes a variety of public spaces, historical sites, a war memorial, and a greenway. Centennial Park is Metuchen's largest park and is accessible from Grove Avenue. The Dismal Swamp is a nearby natural area known as the "Everglades of Central New Jersey." The Middlesex Greenway is a 3.5-mile (5.6 km) mixed-use bicycle and pedestrian paved trail that is part of the East Coast Greenway. The borough's annual Memorial Day Parade is held on the anniversary of the borough's first parade in 1876. The Borough's mayor is the mayor of the town of 20,000 people, which is located in the northern part of New Jersey. The mayor is a former mayor of Metucen. The town's mayor was the mayor from 1969 to 1991. The current mayor is Michael J. Scanlon, who was elected to a second term in 2010. The city's mayor has been the mayor since 2001, when he was elected for a third term. The council has been in office since 2007, when it was elected again for a fourth term. It is the first time the borough has had a mayor in more than 30 years. The last time the mayor was mayor was elected was in 1998, when the borough was in its third year of existence. The Mayor is the son of former mayor William J. J. "Bill" Scanlon and the daughter of former Mayor William "Bob" Scanlan, who died in 2008.


Metuchen is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. A mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. The borough council is comprised of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis. The mayor makes committee and liaison assignments for council members, and most appointments are made by the mayor with the advice and consent of the council. New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Democrats Cory Booker (Newark, term ends 2027) and Bob Menendez (Harrison, term end 2025). New Jersey's 18th state legislative district is located in the 6th Congressional District. As of 2022, Middlesex County's Commissioners (with party affiliation, term-end year, and residence listed in parentheses) are Commissioner Director Ronald G. Rios (D, Carteret, term as commissioner ends December 31, 2024; term as deputy director ends 2022),Commissioner Deputy Director Shanti Narra (D, North Brunswick), and Clerk Nancy Pinkin (D), all of whom are Democrats. Metuchen's mayor is Democrat Jonathan Busch, whose term ofoffice ends December 30, 2023; Busch took office as mayor when he was appointed in December 2017 to fill the balance of the four- year term that had been held by Peter Cammarano. In January 2019, the borough council unanimously selected Daniel Hirsch from a list of three candidates nominated by the Democratic municipal committee to fill a seat expiring in December 2020 that became vacant.


The Metuchen School District serves students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. As of the 2019-2020 school year, the district, comprised of four schools, had an enrollment of 2,300 students and 182.2 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a studentteacher ratio of 12.6:1. The borough is home to St. Joseph High School, a private all-boys Catholic prep school, notable for its academics and sports awards. Saint Francis Cathedral School was one of eight private schools recognized in 2017 as an Exemplary High Performing School by the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program of the U.S. Department of Education. There have been two historical schools named for Benjamin Franklin. The Old Franklin Schoolhouse is a one-room school on Route 27 (Middlesex Avenue) near Main Street built in 1807 and used until 1870. A larger Franklin School, built in 1906, once stood at the intersection of Middlesex and Lake Avenues but fell into disrepair in the mid-1980s. It has since been demolished to make way for a residential development called Franklin Square. The Borough Improvement League is a non-profit organization that operates a community music venue in the borough. It was founded in 1906 by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart and is operated under the supervision of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metucen. It is a member of the New Jersey Council on Education, the state's umbrella organization for public education.

Historic district

The Middlesex AvenueWoodwild Park Historic District is a historic district located in Metuchen, New York. It was added onto the National Register of Historic Places on July 31, 2017. It includes 197 contributing buildings, five contributing objects, and one contributing site. The district was added to the National register of historic places on July 30, 2017, and to the national register on July 1, 2018. It is located on Middlesex Ave and Woodwild Park Road, and includes the following buildings and objects: the Middlesex House, the Woodwild House, and the Wood Wild Park House. It also includes a contributing site, which is a former home to the New York City Fire Department. It has been listed on the national registry since July 31. The historic district was first listed in 1881. It became a district in 1883, and was listed again in 1894, and then again in 1901. It remains on the register today, and is part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, which also has a district on the same site. It contains the following contributing buildings: the WoodWild Park House, The Woodwild Building, and The Wood Wild House. The Middlesex Street House is also a contributing building, which was built in 1879. The Wood wild Park House is a contributing object, which dates back to the 18th century. It stands on the corner of Middlesex and Wood Wild Road, which has been the site of many historic buildings. It features a number of historic structures, including a 19th-century mansion.


Commuting had become a way of life for Metuchen residents by the start of the 20th century. Accessibility to New York City and New Brunswick enhanced the borough's reputation as a place to live. The borough had a total of 47.06 miles (75.74 km) of roadways, of which 38.91 miles (62.62 km) were maintained by the municipality, 5.73 miles (9.22 km) by Middlesex County and 2.42 miles (3.89km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation as of May 2010.NJ Transit local bus service is available on the 810, 813 and 819 routes. The MetUChen station provides service to many destinations along NJ Transit's Northeast Corridor Line between the Trenton Transit Center and New York Penn Station. The New Jersey Turnpike (Interstate 95) in surrounding Edison Township and the Garden State Parkway in Woodbridge Township are also nearby. In the 1920s, service stations were built, and the construction of U.S. Route 1 just south ofmetuchen in 1930 diverted traffic away from Middlesex Avenue, helping the borough retain its residential character. The biggest change to affect Metucen between the World Wars was the rise of the automobile. In 2010, the borough recorded a population of 1,786, making it one of the most densely populated boroughs in New Jersey. It is located at the junction of Route 27 and CR 531, which run through and intersect at the heart of the borough.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Metuchen, Middlesex County, New Jersey = 26.8. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 20. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 10. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Metuchen = 3.9 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 15,049 individuals with a median age of 41.1 age the population grows by 2.14% in Metuchen, Middlesex County, New Jersey population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 5,282.2 residents per square mile of area (2,039.5/km²). There are average 2.58 people per household in the 5,083 households with an average household income of $98,403 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 8.70% of the available work force and has dropped -3.55% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 24.20%. The number of physicians in Metuchen per 100,000 population = 254.3.


The annual rainfall in Metuchen = 48.4 inches and the annual snowfall = 27.7 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 116. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 202. 86 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 22.8 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 47, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Metuchen, Middlesex County, New Jersey which are owned by the occupant = 77.74%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 53 years with median home cost = $320,170 and home appreciation of -13.73%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $23.65 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $8,707 per student. There are 14 students for each teacher in the school, 1006 students for each Librarian and 503 students for each Counselor. 6.59% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 29.06% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 19.60% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Metuchen's population in Middlesex County, New Jersey of 5,748 residents in 1930 has increased 2,62-fold to 15,049 residents after 90 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 51.66% female residents and 48.34% male residents live in Metuchen, Middlesex County, New Jersey.

    As of 2020 in Metuchen, Middlesex County, New Jersey are married and the remaining 39.57% are single population.

  • 34.6 minutes is the average time that residents in Metuchen require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    72.39% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 4.28% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 16.52% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 4.26% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Metuchen, Middlesex County, New Jersey, 77.74% are owner-occupied homes, another 19.60% are rented apartments, and the remaining 2.66% are vacant.

  • The 57.01% of the population in Metuchen, Middlesex County, New Jersey who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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