Carteret, NJ Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Carteret, New Jersey - Basic Facts

The Borough of Carteret had a population of 24,618 as of July 1, 2017. Carteret 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 Carteret is located at latitude 40.5838 and longitude -74.2275 in Middlesex County. The formal boundaries for the Borough of Carteret (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.42 sq. miles and a water area of 0.58 sq. miles. Middlesex County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 10 feet.

The Borough of Carteret (GNIS ID: 885181) 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 Carteret population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Carteret: Roosevelt.

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Carteret, NJ Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 24,618
Daytime Population: Workers 7,997
Daytime Population: Residents 12,573
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 20,570
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.84
Population in Households 24,609
Population in Familes 21,539
Population in Group Qrtrs 9
Population Density2 5,573
Diversity Index3 85


Median Household Income $59,986
Average Household Income $78,992
Per Capita Income $25,802


Total Housing Units 8,565 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,634 (54.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,424 (40.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 507 ( 5.9%)
Median Home Value $281,321
Average Home Value $282,228


Total Households 8,058
Average Household Size 3.05
Family Households 6,040
Average Family Size 4
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.04% 0.91%
Households 0.83% 0.79%
Families 0.83% 0.79%
Median Household Income   2.58%
Per Capita Income   3.0%

Carteret, NJ - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Carteret to the other 545 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New Jersey by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 40 93rd
Population Density # 92 83rd
Diversity Index # 17 97th
Median Household Income # 403 26th
Per Capita Income # 481 12th

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