Roselle, NJ Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Roselle, New Jersey - Basic Facts

The Borough of Roselle had a population of 21,533 as of July 1, 2016. Roselle ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and 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 Roselle is located at latitude 40.6522 and longitude -74.2602 in Union County. The formal boundaries for the Borough of Roselle (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.65 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles. Union County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 72 feet.

The Borough of Roselle (GNIS ID: 885379) 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 Roselle population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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


Total Population 21,533
Population in Households 21,503
Population in Familes 17,853
Population in Group Qrtrs 30
Population Density1 8,122
Diversity Index2 78


Total Households 7,508
Average Household Size 2.86
Family Households 5,149
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 8,121 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,215 (51.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,293 (40.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 613 ( 7.5%)
Median Home Value $250,864
Average Home Value $253,221


Median Household Income $53,098
Average Household Income $70,039
Per Capita Income $24,473
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.34% 0.59%
Households 0.22% 0.51%
Families 0.18% 0.49%
Median Household Income   -0.52%
Per Capita Income   1.32%
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.

Roselle, NJ - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Roselle 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 # 46 92nd
Population Density1 # 41 93rd
Diversity Index2 # 43 92nd
Median Household Income # 458 16th
Per Capita Income # 491 10th

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