East Brunswick, New JerseyEast Brunswick is a suburban town located in Middlesex County, New Jersey. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 46,756. It is about 58.3 square kilometers (22.5 square miles) and is located near the Raritan River. New Jersey State Highway 18 runs through the eastern part of the township. The town lies on Exit 9 of the New Jersey Turnpike. East Brunswick has an excellent school system and public library.
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The general area of central New Jersey was once occupied by the Lenape Indians. Around the late 1600s settlers began arriving in the northern part of East Brunswick, and by the mid-1800s, a small village had formed in the southeastern part, known as the Old Bridge section of the town. This area is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The area today known as East Brunswick was composed of parts of North Brunswick and Monroe townships. The township was incorporated in 1860 and grew steadily as a rural farming community.
After decades as a quiet farming area, East Brunswick began to change in the 1930s. Large scale housing and road construction, especially after World War II, transformed the sleepy community into a large suburban town. The extension of the New Jersey Turnpike to East Brunswick in 1951 led to a sharp spike in population growth.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 58.0 km² (22.4 mi²). 56.9 km² (22.0 mi²) of it is land and 1.1 km² (0.4 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 1.92% water.
As of the census of 2000, there are 46,756 people, 16,372 households, and 13,081 families residing in the town. The population density is 822.4/km² (2,129.7/mi²). There are 16,640 housing units at an average density of 292.7/km² (758.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 77.56% White, 2.83% African American, 0.09% Native American, 16.27% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.12% from other races, and 2.12% from two or more races. 4.19% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 16,372 households out of which 40.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.6% are married couples living together, 8.5% have a female householder with no husband present, and 20.1% are non-families. 17.2% of all households are made up of individuals and 7.0% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.84 and the average family size is 3.23.
In the town the population is spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 26.9% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 39 years. For every 100 females there are 94.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 90.1 males.
The median income for a household in the town is $75,956, and the median income for a family is $86,863. Males have a median income of $60,790 versus $38,534 for females. The per capita income for the town is $33,286. 2.8% of the population and 2.1% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 3.1% are under the age of 18 and 5.4% are 65 or older.