|Somerset County is at the hub of Central New Jersey. Its 21 municipalities, which encompass 305 square miles, contain a diversity of landscape, population and development that reflects the varied lifestyles of its estimated 332,568 residents. |
As one of America’s oldest counties, Somerset is steeped in colonial and Revolutionary War history. The County was established by charter on May 22, 1688, with land conveyances dating to 1651. Historic sites, monuments and buildings are found in virtually every town, preserved for future generations.
Located in the heart of the nation’s largest metropolitan area, Somerset County contains a balance between urban and suburban neighborhoods and rural countrysides. Fine residential communities, beautiful parks, excellent shopping areas, extensive farmlands, numerous historic sites and outstanding business and industry all make Somerset County a desirable place to live, work and play.
The County’s 14,300 acres of parkland include golf courses, picnic areas, hiking and bicycling trails, stables, a swimming pool, an Environmental Education Center and the County Fairgrounds, which each year hosts the Somerset County 4-H Fair. The County has preserved 8,239 acres of farmland through its Agriculture Development Program, and another 3,253 acres of greenways through the County/Municipal Open Space Partnership Grant Program.
Our educational facilities – Raritan Valley Community College and Somerset County Vocational & Technical Schools – are among the finest in the state. The college, a two-year school in Branchburg, includes a library/theater complex, a convention center and a planetarium; it also has satellite campuses in Bridgewater and Franklin.
Many boards, commissions and advisory groups help the Freeholders determine priorities and procedures in areas ranging from farmland preservation to human services delivery. Members, who serve without compensation, perform a valuable service to their community.
Environmental protection, conservation of resources, shared services and proper planning for future growth and development – all are major goals for County government. The Board of Chosen Freeholders remains dedicated to serving the residents of Somerset County and to maintaining the county’s nationwide reputation for excellence.
Located minutes from Port Elizabeth and half-way between New York and Philadelphia, Middlesex County is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies, three universities and world-class healthcare and research facilities and has long been the place where innovation and productivity have thrived.
Early on, it was the Raritan River, the second longest river in the state, which brought about trade and commerce. Now, nearly every major north/south rail and roadway on the East Coast passes through Middlesex County. The New Jersey Turnpike, the Garden State Parkway, Interstate 287 and U.S. Routes 1 and 9 intersect within its borders, easing commutes and facilitating rapid commerce travel. Middlesex County is serviced by Newark Liberty International Airport, which accommodates travelers from throughout the world.
Once here, it’s easy to recognize that Middlesex County is so much more than its location.
It is a dynamic county of over 815,000 residents and growing, making Middlesex the second most populated county in the state. Thousands of residents from a diverse array of cultures are attracted each year to our 25 unique municipalities, a mix of small towns, urban centers and rural communities. Young – the median age is just 36.9 – our residents are highly educated and skilled.
The County is known for its award-winning schools, including Middlesex County College and the Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies, which is ranked among the best in the nation and is part of the County’s Vocational-Technical High School system, the first Vocational-Technical school system in the nation, started in 1914.
Middlesex is home to Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and the Plainsboro campus of Princeton University. In 1869, Rutgers and Princeton played the first intercollegiate football game in the United States in New Brunswick. The college football experience lives on today at the newly expanded Rutgers Stadium, which attracts more than 50,000 fans each game day.
Residents and visitors benefit from the first-class medical facilities within the County, including nationally recognized Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Saint Peter’s University Hospital, The Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital, all located in New Brunswick, and J.F.K. Medical Center in Edison, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy and Old Bridge and the Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro bring first-rate acute care and ancillary businesses to the County.
The world headquarters for healthcare giant Johnson and Johnson has been located in New Brunswick since 1886, and the company remains one of Middlesex County’s greatest corporate partners. Its complex sits right in the middle of downtown New Brunswick, the County seat and cultural hub, to which thousands of patrons each year are drawn to award-winning productions at the State Theatre, George Street Playhouse and the Tony Award-winning Crossroads Theater.
A vibrant restaurant scene has grown around the theater district, and includes some of the most diverse and praiseworthy cuisine in the region. French, Cajun, New American, Ethiopian, Japanese, Middle-Eastern, and Italian hotspots line New Brunswick’s downtown streets.
Once visitors leave the city, they discover Middlesex County’s other gems. The Raritan River winds its way from the Raritan Bay up into and out of New Brunswick. Bedroom communities, marinas, parkland and cultural pursuits line the river bank, offering beautiful waterfront views and access to countless tributaries and of course, the Raritan Bay.
The County’s 18-strong Parks System boasts some of the best maintained and diverse recreational opportunities in the region. Encompassing more than 6,300 acres, the County’s parks and conservation areas offer ball fields, playgrounds, jogging paths, hiking trails, a family skating rink and an outdoor amphitheater, which draws 50,000 people every summer to its Broadway-caliber Plays-in-the-Park series.
A popular summer concert series and numerous historic and cultural programs are offered every year. Perhaps one of the most unique offerings is East Jersey Olde Towne, a collection of renovated, reconstructed and replica buildings that illustrate what life was like in Middlesex County in the 18th century and which offer a glimpse into the County’s rich agricultural and manufacturing past.
Located within the heart of New Jersey, Middlesex County has set itself apart as the best place to live and to work in the region. It’s the place that more than 815,000 people call home. It’s one of the few counties in the nation to hold a AAA bond rating from Standard and Poor’s. And it is the birthplace of college football, the incandescent light bulb and duct tape. There’s no wonder why it has been said that Middlesex County is The Greatest County in the Land!
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