Dunellen, New Jersey

Dunellen, New Jersey
Dunellen, New Jersey
—  Borough  —
Dunellen highlighted in Middlesex County. Inset: location of Middlesex County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Dunellen, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°35′23″N 74°27′59″W / 40.58972°N 74.46639°W / 40.58972; -74.46639Coordinates: 40°35′23″N 74°27′59″W / 40.58972°N 74.46639°W / 40.58972; -74.46639
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Middlesex
Incorporated October 28, 1887
 - Type Borough
 - Mayor Robert Seader (term ends 2011)[1]
 - Total 1.0 sq mi (2.7 km2)
 - Land 1.0 sq mi (2.7 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation[2] 52 ft (16 m)
Population (2006)[3]
 - Total 6,940
 - Density 6,573.9/sq mi (2,538.2/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08812 (Shared with Green Brook
Area code(s) 732/848
FIPS code 34-18490[4][5]
GNIS feature ID 08851988[6]
Website http://www.dunellen.com/

Dunellen is a Borough in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2000 United States Census, the borough population was 6,823.

Dunellen was formed as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on October 28, 1887, when it broke away from Piscataway Township, based on the results of a referendum held on March 23, 1886. Dunellen's incorporation was confirmed on April 15, 1914.[7]



Dunellen is located at 40°35′23″N 74°27′59″W / 40.589702°N 74.466349°W / 40.589702; -74.466349 (40.589702, -74.466349).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2), all of it land. Dunellen is in the Raritan Valley, a line of cities in central New Jersey. Dunellen is in the central division along with Bound Brook, South Bound Brook, and Middlesex.


Dunellen grew from its start in 1867. The growth of Dunellen was directly related to the railroad station, which was originally called New Market Junction, serving the nearby village of New Market in Piscataway Township. At that time the tracks were level with North Avenue and the railroad was the Elizabethtown and Somerville Railroad. The railroad also brought industry to the area.

The large Art Color factory built in 1925 was Dunellen's principal industry and produced 10 million magazines a month. The W. F. Hall Printing Company of Chicago bought Art Color in 1931, and ran it until 1968, when it closed the plant there.[9]


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1930 5,148
1940 5,360 4.1%
1950 6,291 17.4%
1960 6,840 8.7%
1970 7,072 3.4%
1980 6,593 −6.8%
1990 6,528 −1.0%
2000 6,823 4.5%
Est. 2006 6,940 [3] 1.7%
Population 1930 - 1990.[10]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 6,823 people, 2,451 households, and 1,710 families residing in the borough. The population density was 6,573.9 people per square mile (2,533.1/km2). There were 2,520 housing units at an average density of 2,428.0 per square mile (935.6/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 84.07% White, 3.66% African American, 0.25% Native American, 3.56% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 6.38% from other races, and 2.07% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.80% of the population.

There were 2,451 households out of which 33.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.4% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.2% were non-families. 23.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.30.

In the borough the population was spread out with 24.9% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 36.0% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 11.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 101.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.2 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $59,205, and the median income for a family was $67,188. Males had a median income of $45,000 versus $34,130 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $26,529. About 1.4% of families and 3.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.0% of those under age 18 and 4.2% of those age 65 or over.


Local government

Dunellen is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The government consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at large. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. The Borough Council consists of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year.[11]

As of 2008, the Mayor of Dunellen is Robert Seader; Members of the Borough Council are Council President Frank T. Bieniek (Public Works), Anthony Aversa (Buildings), Kevin Bachorik (Fire), Ken Baudendistel (Police), Kelly Kolkowski (Recreation) and Joseph Patraca (Finance).[12]

Federal, state and county representation

Dunellen is in the 6th Congressional district. New Jersey's Sixth Congressional District is represented by Frank Pallone (D, Long Branch). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).

Dunellen is in the 22nd Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature, which is represented in the New Jersey Senate by Nicholas Scutari (D, Linden) and in the New Jersey General Assembly by Jerry Green (D, Plainfield) and Linda Stender (D, Fanwood).[13]

Middlesex County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders, whose seven members are elected at-large to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with two or three seats coming up for election each year. As of 2010 , Middlesex County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Christopher D. Rafano (South River), Freeholder Deputy Director Ronald G. Rios (Carteret), Carol Barrett Ballante (Monmouth Junction), Stephen J. "Pete" Dalina (Fords), H. James Polos (Highland Park), Mildred Scott (Piscataway) and Blanquita B. Valenti (New Brunswick). Constitutional officers are County Clerk Elaine M. Flynn (Old Bridge Township), Sheriff Mildred S. Scott (Piscataway) and Surrogate Kevin J. Hoagland (New Brunswick).[14]


The Dunellen Public Schools serve students in Pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade. Schools in the district (with 2009-10 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[15]) are John P. Faber School (PreK-5, 562 students), Lincoln Middle School (6-8, 258 students) and Dunellen High School (9-12, 320 students).


The Dunellen station offers New Jersey Transit service on the Raritan Valley Line. There is a ticket office open only during morning rush hour and a small waiting area at this stop. There are now automated ticket machines located next to the office. A simple station, there are two tracks with two small side platforms. The station is located on a high embankment.

NJ Transit bus service is provided on the 113 and 114 routes to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan.[16]

Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of Dunellen include:


  1. ^ 2011 New Jersey Mayors Directory, New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. Accessed September 3, 2011.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Borough of Dunellen, Geographic Names Information System, accessed April 16, 2007.
  3. ^ a b Census data for Dunellen borough, United States Census Bureau. Accessed October 20, 2007.
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ A Cure for the Common Codes: New Jersey, Missouri Census Data Center. Accessed July 14, 2008.
  6. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ "The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968", John P. Snyder, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey; 1969. p. 170.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  9. ^ Arnold A. Schwartz, Dunellen Public Library. Accessed April 1, 2008.
  10. ^ New Jersey Resident Population by Municipality: 1930 - 1990, Workforce New Jersey Public Information Network. Accessed March 1, 2007.
  11. ^ 2005 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book, Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, April 2005, p. 98.
  12. ^ Dunellen Mayor and Council, Borough of Dunellen. Accessed April 1, 2008.
  13. ^ "Legislative Roster: 2010-2011 Session". New Jersey Legislature. http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/roster.asp. Retrieved 2010-07-21. 
  14. ^ Elected County Officials, Middlesex County, New Jersey. Accessed January 5, 2011.
  15. ^ Data for the Dunellen Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed September 3, 2011.
  16. ^ Middlesex County Bus/Rail Connections, New Jersey Transit, backed up by the Internet Archive as of May 22, 2009. Accessed September 3, 2011.
  17. ^ LaGorce, Tammy. "IN PERSON; Gotcha! Stay Tuned", The New York Times, January 1, 2006. Accessed September 3, 2011. "'It's great when people you admire like what you're doing,' Mr. Scharpling, who grew up in Dunellen, writes for Monk in Summit and lives with his wife in Woodbridge, said before a recent Best Show."

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