About Piscataway

Pway_Logo_Co_300Piscataway was founded in 1666, and officially incorporated in 1798. The community, the fifth oldest municipality in New Jersey, has grown from Native American territory, through a colonial period and is one of the links in the earliest settlement of the Atlantic seacoast that ultimately led to the formation of the United States. Piscataway, located in Middlesex County, comprises 19.1 square miles, is 35 miles from New York City, and within 250 miles of one-quarter of the nation's total population.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s most recent information from the 2020 Census, Piscataway’s population of nearly 61,000 is 26.7 percent white non-Hispanic, 20.0 percent African American and 14.1 percent Hispanic or Latino.  The population is also 37.1 percent Asian including those of Asian Indian, Chinese and Filipino heritage.

The township's prime location with its easy access to the New Jersey Turnpike, the Garden State Parkway, I-78, I-287 and Routes 18, 22 and 27 make it especially attractive to commuters and corporations alike.  Along with the great economic growth, Piscataway has managed to maintain its friendly welcoming atmosphere, making it a wonderful place to live, work and play.

The township has a fair percentage of apartments, townhouses, and condominiums although most housing accommodations are single-family dwellings.  Earlier American Community Survey data from the U.S. Census Bureau showed that 45.8 percent of housing units are valued between $300,000-$499,999 and 37.1 percent are valued between $200,000-$299,999.

The township was named by MONEY magazine in 2008, 2010, 2014 and 2019 as one of the best places to live in the United States. Cited was the long and prestigious history of the community and noted also was that 189 buildings on Rutgers the State University campuses are located in Piscataway. Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, several data centers, and many national and international companies providing professional, scientific, and technical services are located in the township. The township has a highly educated workforce; 93.5 percent are high school graduates or higher.

SHI Stadium Rutgers football

Piscataway is home to a significant portion of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the Busch and Livingston campuses of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey as well as SHI Stadium.

Piscataway - Home of the #First4th

Did you know that on July 4, 1778 that Piscataway was home to the first national Fourth of July celebration? Take a look at this great video from the Metlar Bodine House Museum explaining our Township's role in this historic event.


From Covid to the Possumtown Road water main break to Hurricane Ida, Township residents faced notable difficulties in 2021.  However, our community continued to flourish with new companies moving into Piscataway - providing good paying jobs to hard working residents - youth sports, a bicycle rodeo and more.

For the fourth time, Money Magazine put Piscataway in its Top 100, earning a national ranking on its 2019 Best Places to Live in America list.  To view the list, please click here: http://money.com/money/collection/best-places-to-live-2019/

Money magazine cover September 2019 - Copy

Piscataway Township is proud to be included among many municipalities that are recognized in the 2018 edition of AARP’s special magazine “Where We Live: Communities for All Ages” for innovation in serving the needs of senior citizens.  Learn more by clicking here.

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