Middlebush, New Jersey

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Middlebush, New Jersey
Census designated place
Middlebush, New Jersey is located in Somerset County, New Jersey
Middlebush, New Jersey
Middlebush, New Jersey
Location of Middlebush in Somerset County. Inset: Location of Somerset County in the state of New Jersey.
Coordinates: 40°30′21″N 74°32′00″W / 40.505696°N 74.53337°W / 40.505696; -74.53337Coordinates: 40°30′21″N 74°32′00″W / 40.505696°N 74.53337°W / 40.505696; -74.53337[1][2]
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Somerset
Township Franklin
 • Total 1.990 sq mi (5.155 km2)
 • Land 1.989 sq mi (5.151 km2)
 • Water 0.001 sq mi (0.004 km2)  0.07%
Elevation[3] 138 ft (42 m)
Population (Census 2010)[4]
 • Total 2,326
 • Density 1,169.6/sq mi (451.6/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08873 - Somerset[5]
Area code(s) 609 and 732/848
FIPS code 3445870[1][2]
GNIS feature ID 02584011[1][2]
Milk bottle from Somerset Farms in Middlebush

Middlebush is an unincorporated community and census designated place (CDP) located in Franklin Township, in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States.[6][7][8][9] As of the 2010 United States Census, the CDP's population was 2,326.[4] It is perhaps most distinguished as being the host section for Franklin Township's municipal complex.

Middlebush still has a rural feel with 19th-century homes and tree-lined streets. Middlebush was once a stop on the Millstone and New Brunswick Railroad, and this legacy is evident in the street named Railroad Avenue that presently has no railroad tracks in sight.[10]


According to the United States Census Bureau, Middlebush had a total area of 1.990 square miles (5.155 km2), of which, 1.989 square miles (5.151 km2) of it was land and 0.001 square miles (0.004 km2) of it (0.07%) was water.[1][2]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2010 803
Population sources: 2010[4]

Census 2010[edit]

At the 2010 United States Census, there were 2,326 people, 834 households, and 592.1 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,169.6 per square mile (451.6/km2). There were 868 housing units at an average density of 436.4 per square mile (168.5/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 62.81% (1,461) White, 12.64% (294) Black or African American, 0.17% (4) Native American, 20.03% (466) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 1.72% (40) from other races, and 2.62% (61) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 6.92% (161) of the population.[4]

There were 834 households, of which 34.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.2% were married couples living together, 5.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.0% were non-families. 25.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.40.[4]

In the CDP, 24.6% of the population were under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 23.9% from 25 to 44, 30.4% from 45 to 64, and 15.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.6 years. For every 100 females there were 97.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.0 males.[4]

Points of interest[edit]

  • Middlebush Reformed Church
  • Middlebush Park is Franklin Township's newest municipal park. Located in Middlebush, off DeMott Lane, the park hosts ballfields and a children's playground.
  • Stage House Tavern was Colonial Farms, which now houses the restaurant.
  • Middlebush Giant was a circus performer and sideshow attraction who retired to a farm in Middlebush.
  • Cedar Grove Cemetery, Franklin is located off Amwell Avenue and contains the body of the Middlebush Giant.
  • Middlebush Volunteer Fire Department[11]

National Register of Historic Places[edit]

Middlebush Village Historic District
CedarGroveCemetery 02.jpg
Cedar Grove Cemetery in Middlebush
Location Middlebush, New Jersey
NRHP Reference # 07000354
Added to NRHP April 25, 2007

The Middlebush Village Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 25, 2007. It is district #07000354.[12]


  1. ^ a b c d e Gazetteer of New Jersey Places, United States Census Bureau. Accessed June 13, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990, United States Census Bureau. Accessed September 4, 2014.
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Middlebush Census Designated Place, Geographic Names Information System. Accessed August 23, 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d e f DP-1 - Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data for Middlebush CDP, New Jersey, United States Census Bureau. Accessed February 11, 2013.
  5. ^ Look Up a ZIP Code for Middlebush, NJ, United States Postal Service. Accessed February 12, 2013.
  6. ^ GCT-PH1 - Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County -- County Subdivision and Place from the 2010 Census Summary File 1 for Somerset County, New Jersey, United States Census Bureau. Accessed February 11, 2013.
  7. ^ 2006-2010 American Community Survey Geography for New Jersey, United States Census Bureau. Accessed February 11, 2013.
  8. ^ New Jersey: 2010 - Population and Housing Unit Counts - 2010 Census of Population and Housing (CPH-2-32), United States Census Bureau, August 2012. Accessed February 11, 2013.
  9. ^ Locality Search, State of New Jersey. Accessed April 19, 2015.
  10. ^ William B. Brahms (1997). Franklin Township, Somerset County, NJ: A History. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0-9668586-0-3. 
  11. ^ Middlebush Volunteer Fire Department
  12. ^ Historic Preservation Office List of New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places in Somerset County, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Accessed January 31, 2008.