Raritan, New Jersey

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Raritan is a Borough in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the borough population was 6,338.

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Geography

Raritan is located at 40°34′17″N 74°38′15″W / 40.571302°N 74.637405°W / 40.571302; -74.637405 (40.571302, -74.637405).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.3 km2), all of it land. Raritan is in Raritan Valley ( a line of cities in central NJ). Raritan is in the western division of Raritan Valley along with Branchburg and Bridgewater.

History

Raritan Town was originally established as a subdivision within Bridgewater Township by act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 3, 1868. After a series of bitter lawsuits between Raritan and Bridgewater in the 1930s and 1940s, the Legislature allowed Raritan to become an independent Borough by an Act on May 12, 1948, based on the results of a referendum passed on June 12, 1948. The new borough incorporated the old town and an additional portion of Bridgewater Township.[9]

Demographics

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 6,338 people, 2,556 households, and 1,671 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,113.8 people per square mile (1,199.6/km2). There were 2,644 housing units at an average density of 1,299.0/sq mi (500.4/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 87.74% White, 0.93% African American, 0.08% Native American, 8.17% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 1.64% from other races, and 1.28% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.41% of the population.

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