Raritan, NJ Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Raritan, New Jersey - Basic Facts

The Borough of Raritan had a population of 7,497 as of July 1, 2016. Raritan ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in New Jersey. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Raritan is located at latitude 40.5714 and longitude -74.646 in Somerset County. The formal boundaries for the Borough of Raritan (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.99 sq. miles and a water area of 0.04 sq. miles. Somerset County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 66 feet.

The Borough of Raritan (GNIS ID: 885365) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Raritan population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Raritan: Rariton.

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Raritan, NJ Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 7,497
Population in Households 7,489
Population in Familes 6,034
Population in Group Qrtrs 8
Population Density1 3,761
Diversity Index2 62


Total Households 2,883
Average Household Size 2.6
Family Households 1,899
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 3,073 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,625 (52.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,258 (40.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 190 ( 6.2%)
Median Home Value $337,278
Average Home Value $359,185


Median Household Income $74,805
Average Household Income $95,152
Per Capita Income $36,631
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.38% 1.1%
Households 1.22% 0.99%
Families 1.33% 1.07%
Median Household Income   1.41%
Per Capita Income   1.42%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Raritan, NJ - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Raritan to the other 545 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New Jersey by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 196 64th
Population Density1 # 177 68th
Diversity Index2 # 133 76th
Median Household Income # 295 46th
Per Capita Income # 290 47th

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