Piscataway Township, New Jersey

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Piscataway Township (pronounced /pɪˈskætəweɪ/) is a Township in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the township population was 50,482.

The name Piscataway stems from the area's original European settlers, transplants from near the Piscataqua River defining the coastal border between New Hampshire and Maine, whose name derives from Pisgeu (meaning "dark night") and awa ("Place of").[6] The area was first settled in 1666 by Quakers and Baptists who had left the Puritan colony in New Hampshire.[7]

Piscataway Township was formed on December 18, 1666, and officially incorporated on February 21, 1798.[8] The community, the fifth oldest municipality in New Jersey,[9] 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).[8]

Society Hill is a census-designated place and unincorporated area located within Piscataway Township.

Piscataway has advanced educational and research facilities due to the presence of Rutgers University and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Rutgers Stadium is in Piscataway.

In 2008, Money magazine ranked Piscataway 23rd out of the top 100 places to live in America.[10]

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