Rahway, NJ Profile: Facts & Data


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Rahway, New Jersey - Basic Facts

The City of Rahway had a population of 29,818 as of July 1, 2018. Rahway 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 Rahway is located at latitude 40.6082 and longitude -74.2776 in Union County. The formal boundaries for the City of Rahway encompass a land area of 3.9 sq. miles and a water area of 0.13 sq. miles. Union County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 20 feet.

The City of Rahway (GNIS ID: 885363) 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Rahway: Bridgetown, Leesville, Nawakwa, Rahwack, Raway, Rjawau. Spanktown, Spanktown.

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Rahway, NJ Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 29,818
Population in Households 29,694
Population in Familes 24,060
Population in Group Qrtrs 124
Population Density2 7,652
Diversity Index3 81


Median Household Income $63,751
Average Household Income $84,061
Per Capita Income $32,204


Total Housing Units 12,121 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 6,390 (52.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,978 (41.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 753 ( 6.2%)
Median Home Value $316,836
Average Home Value $321,956


Total Households 11,368
Average Household Size 2.61
Family Households 7,300
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 1.05% 1.29%
Households 0.93% 1.16%
Families 0.84% 1.08%
Median Household Income   2.43%
Per Capita Income   2.84%

Rahway, NJ - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Rahway to the other 545 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New Jersey by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 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 # 31 94th
Population Density # 50 91st
Diversity Index # 30 95th
Median Household Income # 404 26th
Per Capita Income # 398 27th

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