Rahway, NJ Profile: Facts & Data


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Rahway, New Jersey - Basic Facts

The City of Rahway had a population of 29,611 as of July 1, 2020. 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 16 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.


Rahway, NJ Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 29,611 (100%)
Population in Households 29,491 (99.6%)
Population in Families 23,737 (80.2%)
Population in Group Quarters1 120 ( 0.4%)
Population Density 7,600
Diversity Index2 82


Median Household Income $76,556
Average Household Income $96,079
% of Income for Mortgage4 15%
Per Capita Income $36,886
Wealth Index5 91


Total HU (Housing Units) 12,280 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 6,174 (50.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,194 (42.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 912 ( 7.4%)
Median Home Value $281,211
Average Home Value $297,550
Housing Affordability Index3 104


Total Households 11,368
Average Household Size 2.59
Family Households 7,283
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.8% 1.28%
Households 0.76% 1.28%
Families 0.67% 1.2%
Median Household Income   1.24%
Per Capita Income   2.21%
Owner Occupied HU   0.48%


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, 2020 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
Median Household Income # 347 37th
Housing Affordability Index # 154 28th
Per Capita Income # 370 32nd
Diversity Index # 31 94th

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