Piscataway, New Jersey
Piscataway (//) is a township in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States. The township is a bedroom suburb of the New York metropolitan area, located within the heart of the Raritan Valley region. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 56,044, reflecting an increase of 5,562 (+11.0%) from the 50,482 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 3,393 (+7.2%) from the 47,089 counted in 1990.
Piscataway, New Jersey
|Township of Piscataway|
A Proud Diversified Community
|Formed||October 31, 1693|
|Incorporated||February 21, 1798|
|• Type||Faulkner Act Mayor-Council|
|• Body||Township Council|
|• Mayor||Brian D. Wahler (D, term ends December 31, 2024)|
|• Business administrator||Timothy J. Dacey|
|• Municipal clerk||Melissa A. Seader|
|• Total||18.96 sq mi (49.11 km2)|
|• Land||18.79 sq mi (48.68 km2)|
|• Water||0.17 sq mi (0.43 km2) 0.88%|
|Area rank||149th of 565 in state|
7th of 25 in county
|Elevation||52 ft (16 m)|
|• Rank||26th of 566 in state|
4th of 25 in county
|• Density||2,975.5/sq mi (1,148.8/km2)|
|• Density rank||216th of 566 in state|
16th of 25 in county
|Time zone||UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))|
|Area code(s)||732 and 908|
|GNIS feature ID||0882167|
The name Piscataway may be derived from the area's earliest European American settlers who were coming as transplants from New Hampshire near the Piscataqua River. This river is a landmark defining the coastal border between New Hampshire and Maine. This is an area whose name derives from peske (branch) and tegwe (tidal river), or alternatively from pisgeu (meaning "dark night") and awa ("place of") or from a Lenape language word meaning "great deer" The area was appropriated in 1666 by Quakers and Baptists who had left the Puritan colony in New Hampshire.
Piscataway Township was formed on December 18, 1666, and officially incorporated by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1798, as part of the state's initial group of 104 townships. 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 Ocean seacoast that ultimately led to the formation of the United States. Over the years, portions of Piscataway were taken to form Raritan Township (March 17, 1870, now Edison), Dunellen (October 28, 1887), Middlesex (April 9, 1913) and South Plainfield (March 10, 1926).
Piscataway has advanced educational and research facilities due to the presence of Rutgers University, whose main campus spills into the township. SHI Stadium, home field for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team, is in Piscataway. Part of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School is located in Piscataway as well.
In 2008, Money magazine ranked Piscataway 23rd out of the top 100 places to live in America. In 2014, the magazine ranked Piscataway 27th out of top 50 places to live in America.