Rahway, NJ Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Rahway, New Jersey - Basic Facts

The City of Rahway had a population of 29,614 as of July 1, 2017. 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 40.6072 and longitude -74.2805 in Union County. The formal boundaries for the City of Rahway (see map below) 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.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Rahway 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 Rahway: Bridgetown, Leesville, Nawakwa, Rahwack, Raway, Rjawau. Spanktown, Spanktown.

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


Total Population 29,614
Daytime Population: Workers 9,505
Daytime Population: Residents 15,201
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 24,706
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.83
Population in Households 29,490
Population in Familes 23,814
Population in Group Qrtrs 124
Population Density2 7,600
Diversity Index3 81


Median Household Income $60,528
Average Household Income $80,070
Per Capita Income $30,621


Total Housing Units 12,017 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 6,230 (51.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,037 (41.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 750 ( 6.2%)
Median Home Value $314,712
Average Home Value $316,220


Total Households 11,267
Average Household Size 2.62
Family Households 7,257
Average Family Size 3
  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 1.11% 0.98%
Households 0.93% 0.86%
Families 0.88% 0.83%
Median Household Income   2.42%
Per Capita Income   2.91%

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, 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 # 30 95th
Population Density # 52 91st
Diversity Index # 32 94th
Median Household Income # 398 27th
Per Capita Income # 394 28th

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