Port Reading, New Jersey

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Port Reading is a census-designated place and unincorporated area within Woodbridge Township, in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the CDP population was 3,829.

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History

Port Reading was built in the late 19th century by the Reading Railroad of Pennsylvania to serve their shipping needs, especially coal from the Pennsylvania anthracite coal fields. In 1892 Port Reading was connected to the Reading Railroad system via a new branch line from Bound Brook, New Jersey, known as the Port Reading Railroad.

Geography

Port Reading is located at 40°34′10″N 74°14′52″W / 40.569504°N 74.247747°W / 40.569504; -74.247747 (40.569504, -74.247747)[3], along the Arthur Kill waterway that separates New Jersey from Staten Island, New York.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 7.4 km2 (2.8 mi2). 5.8 km2 (2.2 mi2) of it is land and 1.6 km2 (0.6 mi2) of it (21.75%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,829 people, 1,337 households, and 1,069 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 663.0/km2 (1,717.6/mi2). There were 1,357 housing units at an average density of 235.0/km2 (608.7/mi2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 90.99% White, 2.61% African American, 2.40% Asian, 1.78% from other races, and 2.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.57% of the population.

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