Middlesex County

Are you considering moving to Middlesex County, New Jersey? Consisting of 25 communities, Middlesex County is the second most populated county in the country. With a diverse community and a mix of small towns, urban and rural areas, Middlesex County has mass appeal for those looking to live and work here. And since it is a halfway point by travel time between New York City and Philadelphia, it′s also an ideal location for commuters. Learn more about life in Middlesex County, NJ, including schools, weather and things to see and do.

Year Founded: 1683

Population as of 2015: 840,900

Land Area (sq. miles): 308.91

Median Age: 37

Median Household Income: $77,682

Median Home Price: $320,900

Annual Weather Averages:

  • High Temperature: 72° Fahrenheit
  • Low Temperature: 42° Fahrenheit
  • Rainfall: 48 inches
  • Snowfall: 28 inches

Notable Employment Facts: Higher education, pharmaceuticals, finance and healthcare have seen positive growth.

Major Employers: Rutgers University, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Merrill Lynch & Company, Johnson & Johnson, Prudential Insurance Company, JFK Medical Center and Raritan Bay Medical Center.

Education:

  • Middlesex County Schools:
    • 196 public schools serving 124,470 students
      • 51 PreK schools serving 23,826 students
      • 123 elementary schools serving 58,570 students
      • 46 middle schools serving 33,149 students
      • 39 high schools serving 36,487 students
    • 126 private schools serving 18,699 students
  • Universities and Colleges within 10 miles of Middlesex County:

Nearest Major Cities: Approximately 20 miles to Newark, NJ; 37 miles to New York City; and 62 miles to Philadelphia.

Local Radio Stations:

  • WNYE (91.5) Public Radio
  • WNSH (94.7 FM) Country Radio
  • WHTZ (100.3 FM) Top 40 Radio
  • WCBS (101.1 FM) Classic Hits Radio
  • WKTU (103.5 FM) Top 40 Radio

Public Transit: Amtrak, New Jersey Transit, Coach USA’s Suburban Transit, MCAT shuttle system and DASH buses.

Parks, Beaches and Other Recreation:

  • Middlesex County boasts 18 parks with different amenities and annual events. Fords Park has two street hockey rinks, two tennis courts and one well-lit baseball field. Thomas Edison Park is a great location for avid runners, with running paths and a well-lit 1/4-mile track.
  • Ready to challenge your golf game? Check out the Tamarack Golf Course, with its two par-18 courses and a driving range equipped with 34 stalls. Raritan Landing Golf Course boasts a family-style par-58 course so everyone can enjoy a day on the course.
  • Want some fun in the sun? Visit Old Bridge Waterfront Park, with its fishing piers, beach, playground and a 1.3-mile trail. For a quiet beach getaway, visit Pirate’s Cove at Cliffwood Beach, with kayaking, abundant wildlife and gorgeous views of Raritan Bay.

Rich and Vibrant Arts and Culture:

  • Plays in the Park, a 54-year-old institution featuring an amphitheater and state-of-the-art equipment, holds Broadway-style musicals throughout the summer and fall in Roosevelt Park.
  • Music in the Park is an annual summer concert series with free live music performances. Participating locations in this special series are Spring Lake Park, Warren Park and Thompson Park.
  • Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers University’s Newark Campus is a venue overflowing with inspiration and artistic energies. With seven exhibition spaces, this gallery showcases contemporary artists and offers art and educational programs.
  • Zimmerli Art Museum, also at Rutgers, is one of the country’s largest university-based museums. It hosts eclectic exhibits that displays an array of ancient and contemporary art, such as 19th-century French art, Russian Nonconformist Art and American drawings, photographs and prints.
  • Crossroads Theatre is a Tony Award-winning theater that has produced more than 100 shows, which have been praised by the likes of Nelson Mandela, Denzel Washington, Colin Powell  and President George H.W. Bush.

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