Watchung, New Jersey

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Population in 2017: 5,985 (100% urban, 0% rural).
Population change since 2000: +6.6%
 
Males: 3,047  (50.9%)
Females: 2,938  (49.1%)
Median resident age:

44.5 years
New Jersey median age:

39.8 years

Zip codes: 07060.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $148,614 (it was $101,944 in 2000)
Watchung:

$148,614
NJ:

$80,088

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $81,538 (it was $58,653 in 2000)

Watchung borough income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $833,178 (it was $436,100 in 2000)
Watchung:

$833,178
NJ:

$334,900

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $870,155; detached houses: $860,530

Median gross rent in 2017: $1,593.

March 2019 cost of living index in Watchung: 124.0 (high, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 3.0%
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  • Races in Watchung, NJ (2010)
    • 4,42776.3%White alone
    • 73312.6%Asian alone
    • 3075.3%Hispanic
    • 1903.3%Black alone
    • 1222.1%Two or more races
    • 170.3%Other race alone
    • 50.09%American Indian alone

Races in Watchung detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Crime rates in Watchung by year

Type

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
2
(34.5)
0
(0.0)
1
(16.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(14.8)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(17.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(16.6)
0
(0.0)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
5
(86.2)
6
(97.2)
2
(32.0)
6
(89.2)
2
(29.8)
2
(29.6)
2
(34.4)
2
(34.1)
5
(85.6)
4
(68.1)
3
(51.1)
1
(16.9)
0
(0.0)
1
(16.8)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
2
(32.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(14.9)
1
(14.8)
3
(51.5)
0
(0.0)
1
(17.1)
4
(68.1)
3
(51.1)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
9
(155.1)
13
(210.5)
15
(239.8)
21
(312.2)
13
(193.5)
21
(311.0)
26
(446.7)
21
(358.5)
13
(222.5)
17
(289.2)
5
(85.1)
12
(202.5)
26
(432.6)
17
(286.2)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
400
(6,894)
284
(4,599)
266
(4,252)
310
(4,608)
327
(4,866)
309
(4,576)
356
(6,117)
306
(5,225)
358
(6,126)
322
(5,478)
352
(5,991)
392
(6,616)
334
(5,557)
374
(6,297)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
17
(293.0)
14
(226.7)
7
(111.9)
6
(89.2)
2
(29.8)
3
(44.4)
7
(120.3)
10
(170.7)
3
(51.3)
4
(68.1)
6
(102.1)
7
(118.1)
6
(99.8)
4
(67.4)
Arson
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(16.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(17.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)363.5246.0224.6240.1222.5232.1306.2258.0293.8278.8292.9293.3273.9282.4

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City-data.com crime index in Watchung, NJ

Crime rate in Watchung detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 38 (31 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

5.22
New Jersey average:

3.55
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Ancestries: Italian (16.2%), Polish (12.6%), American (6.8%), Portuguese (5.9%), Russian (4.5%), German (3.9%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated in 1926

Elevation: 181 feet

Land area: 6.02 square miles.

Population density: 995 people per square mile   (low).

Watchung, New Jersey map

1,257 residents are foreign born (8.6% Europe, 7.1% Asia, 2.8% Latin America).

This borough:

20.9%
New Jersey:

100.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $10,614 (1.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $10,445 (1.4%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Edison, NJ (7.8 miles , pop. 97,687).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Newark, NJ (15.1 miles , pop. 273,546).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Brooklyn, NY (25.8 miles , pop. 2,465,326).

Nearest cities:

North Plainfield borough, NJ (1.1 miles ),
Plainfield, NJ (1.5 miles ),
Berkeley Heights, NJ (1.7 miles ),
Fanwood borough, NJ (1.8 miles ),
Dunellen borough, NJ (1.9 miles ),
Scotch Plains, NJ (1.9 miles ),
South Plainfield borough, NJ (2.1 miles ),
New Providence borough, NJ (2.2 miles )

Latitude: 40.64 N, Longitude: 74.44 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +2,941 (+48.9%)
Workers who live and work in this borough: 226 (8.2%)

Area code commonly used in this area: 908

Distribution of median household income in Watchung, NJ in 2017
Distribution of house value in Watchung, NJ in 2017
Watchung satellite photo by USGS
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

3.4%
New Jersey:

4.1%
Historical population in Watchung, NJ
Historical housing units in Watchung, NJ
Most common industries in Watchung, NJ (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Health care (14.5%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (11.6%)
  • Educational services (10.2%)
  • Construction (9.3%)
  • Finance & insurance (9.1%)
  • Chemicals (4.8%)
  • Public administration (2.7%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (15.4%)
  • Construction (13.0%)
  • Health care (11.7%)
  • Finance & insurance (9.4%)
  • Educational services (5.6%)
  • Chemicals (4.6%)
  • Public administration (3.1%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (18.4%)
  • Educational services (16.3%)
  • Finance & insurance (8.7%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (6.5%)
  • Chemicals (5.1%)
  • Construction (4.5%)
  • Social assistance (3.1%)
Most common occupations in Watchung, NJ (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (7.6%)
  • Top executives (6.3%)
  • Computer specialists (6.3%)
  • Physicians and surgeons (5.0%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (4.4%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (3.4%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (11.6%)
  • Top executives (7.3%)
  • Computer specialists (6.3%)
  • Physicians and surgeons (6.2%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (5.4%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (5.4%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (4.4%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6.8%)
  • Computer specialists (6.3%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (5.9%)
  • Top executives (5.0%)
  • Registered nurses (5.0%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (4.3%)
  • Counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists (4.1%)

Average climate in Watchung, New Jersey

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Watchung, New Jersey average temperatures Watchung, New Jersey average precipitation Watchung, New Jersey humidity Watchung, New Jersey wind speed Watchung, New Jersey snowfall Watchung, New Jersey sunshine Watchung, New Jersey clear and cloudy days

Watchung, New Jersey environmental map by EPA

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI CO NO2 SO2 Ozone PM10 PM2.5 Pb
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 92.7. This is worse than average.

City:

92.7
U.S.:

74.2
Carbon Monoxide Level

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2018 was 0.356. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 9.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.356
U.S.:

0.267
Nitrogen Dioxide Level

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2018 was 13.0. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 2.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

13.0
U.S.:

5.6
Sulfur Dioxide Level

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2018 was 0.324. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 2.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.324
U.S.:

1.789
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 26.1. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 2.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

26.1
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2003 was 26.9. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 13.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

26.9
U.S.:

19.6
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 8.20. This is about average. Closest monitor was 9.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

8.20
U.S.:

8.46
Lead Level

Lead (Pb) [µg/m3] level in 2003 was 0.00543. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 9.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.00543
U.S.:

0.00984

Tornado activity:

Watchung-area historical tornado activity is near New Jersey state average. It is 28% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/28/1973, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 11.5 miles away from the Watchung borough center caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 10/18/1990, a category F3 tornado 20.4 miles away from the borough center injured 8 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Watchung-area historical earthquake activity is near New Jersey state average. It is 87% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 1/16/1994 at 01:49:16, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 86.5 miles away from Watchung center
On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 229.3 miles away from the city center
On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MB, 4.2 MS, 5.2 MW, 5.0 MW, Depth: 6.8 mi) earthquake occurred 268.7 miles away from the city center
On 1/16/1994 at 00:42:43, a magnitude 4.2 (4.2 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 85.0 miles away from Watchung center
On 8/26/2003 at 18:24:18, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 LG, 3.5 ML, Depth: 1.9 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 34.8 miles away from the city center
On 9/25/1998 at 19:52:52, a magnitude 5.2 (4.8 MB, 4.3 MS, 5.2 LG, 4.5 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 315.9 miles away from Watchung center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Somerset County (25) is a lot greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 16
Emergencies Declared: 9

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 7, Hurricanes: 7, Storms: 6, Heavy Rains: 4, Snowstorms: 3, Blizzards: 2, Water Shortages: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Tornado: 1, Wind: 1, Other: 2 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Watchung topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Watchung:

  • MCAULEY HALL HEALTH CARE CENTE (1633 HIGHWAY 22)

Other hospitals and medical centers near Watchung:

  • ARISTACARE AT NORWOOD TERRACE (Nursing Home, about 2 miles away; PLAINFIELD, NJ)
  • VILLA MARIA (Nursing Home, about 2 miles away; NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ)
  • RUNNELLS SPECIALIZED HOSPITAL (Nursing Home, about 3 miles away; BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ)
  • GREENBROOK MANOR CARE AND REHABILITATION CENTER (Nursing Home, about 3 miles away; GREEN BROOK, NJ)
  • ABBOTT MANOR CONVALESCENT CENTER (Nursing Home, about 3 miles away; PLAINFIELD, NJ)
  • BERKELEY HEIGHTS NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER (Nursing Home, about 3 miles away; BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ)
  • DVA PLAINFIELD DIALYSIS CENTER (Dialysis Facility, about 3 miles away; PLAINFIELD, NJ)

Amtrak stations near Watchung:

  • 8 miles: METROPARK (ISELIN, 100 MIDDLESEX-ESSEX TPK.) . Services: ticket office, fully wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, paid short-term parking, call for car rental service, taxi stand, public transit connection.
  • 10 miles: NEW BRUNSWICK (FRENCH & ALBANY STS.) . Services: ticket office, fully wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, snack bar, ATM, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for car rental service, taxi stand, public transit connection.
  • 14 miles: NEWARK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (NEWARK, ) . Services: ticket office, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Watchung:

  • Union County College (about 7 miles; Cranford, NJ; Full-time enrollment: 9,148)
  • Drew University (about 9 miles; Madison, NJ; FT enrollment: 2,272)
  • Rutgers University-New Brunswick (about 10 miles; New Brunswick, NJ; FT enrollment: 39,388)
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University-College at Florham (about 10 miles; Madison, NJ; FT enrollment: 2,690)
  • Middlesex County College (about 11 miles; Edison, NJ; FT enrollment: 9,849)
  • Kean University (about 12 miles; Union, NJ; FT enrollment: 12,648)
  • Seton Hall University (about 13 miles; South Orange, NJ; FT enrollment: 7,742)

Public elementary/middle schools in Watchung:

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Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Watchung: Twin Brooks Golf Course (A), Camp Elsinore (B), Camp Endeavor (C), Watchung Rescue Squad (D), Watchung Volunteer Fire Department (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Center: Blue Star Shopping Center (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in Watchung include: Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Church (A), Wilson Memorial Union Church (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemetery: North Plainfield Burying Ground (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Best Lake (A), Watchung Lake (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Birthplace of: Laura Prepon - Actress, Harold Norman Moldenke - Botanist.

Somerset County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Average household size:
This borough:

2.7 people
New Jersey:

2.7 people

Percentage of family households:
This borough:

76.3%
Whole state:

69.3%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This borough:

4.1%
Whole state:

5.9%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.7% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.4% of all households

People in group quarters in Watchung in 2010:

  • 69 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 45 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 4 people in group homes intended for adults
64 people in nursing homes in 2000
58 people in religious group quarters in 2000

Banks with branches in Watchung (2011 data):

  • JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association: Watchung Branch at 1605 Us Hwy 22, branch established on 2008/05/08; Watching Circle Banking Center at 60 Stirling Road, branch established on 2011/10/26. Info updated 2011/11/10: Bank assets: $1,811,678.0 mil, Deposits: $1,190,738.0 mil, headquarters in Columbus, OH, positive income, International Specialization, 5577 total offices, Holding Company: Jpmorgan Chase & Co.
  • PNC Bank, National Association: Watchung @ Stop & Shop Branch at 1511 Route 22 West, Suite 6, branch established on 2004/05/04. Info updated 2012/03/20: Bank assets: $263,309.6 mil, Deposits: $197,343.0 mil, headquarters in Wilmington, DE, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 3085 total offices, Holding Company: Pnc Financial Services Group, Inc., The

For population 15 years and over in Watchung:

Marital status in Watchung, NJ
  • Never married: 35.7%
  • Now married: 53.6%
  • Separated: 0.2%
  • Widowed: 6.6%
  • Divorced: 3.8%

For population 25 years and over in Watchung:

  • High school or higher: 96.3%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 60.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 32.2%
  • Unemployed: 3.7%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 32.4 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

12.3
New Jersey average:

12.4

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Watchung
Presidential Elections Results

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Neighborhood in Watchung (Watchung, New Jersey Neighborhood Map):

Religion statistics for Watchung, NJ (based on Somerset County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic98,95129
Mainline Protestant27,47268
Other15,07833
Evangelical Protestant13,15853
Orthodox1,2006
Black Protestant1,0767
None166,509-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 69
This county:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.90 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 3
Somerset County:

0.09 / 10,000 pop.
New Jersey:

0.06 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 53
This county:

1.65 / 10,000 pop.
New Jersey:

1.76 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 18
Here:

0.56 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.81 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 256
Somerset County:

7.96 / 10,000 pop.
New Jersey:

7.15 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

6.7%
State:

8.3%
Adult obesity rate:
Here:

20.4%
New Jersey:

23.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Somerset County:

24.0%
New Jersey:

18.0%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

50.8%
New Jersey:

49.9%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
This city:

46.5%
State:

47.4%

Average BMI:
Watchung:

28.7
New Jersey:

28.6

People feeling badly about themselves:
Watchung:

22.4%
State:

20.4%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Watchung:

12.7%
New Jersey:

11.3%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Watchung:

6.9
New Jersey:

6.8

Overweight people:
Watchung:

35.0%
New Jersey:

33.6%

General health condition:
This city:

55.5%
New Jersey:

56.2%

Average condition of hearing:
Here:

76.7%
New Jersey:

79.7%

More about Health and Nutrition of Watchung, NJ Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Police Protection - Officers 29$280,730$116,1640$0
Streets and Highways 9$37,328$49,7711$4,528
Firefighters 4$17,692$53,0760$0
Other Government Administration 3$12,818$51,27210$9,050
Police - Other 3$11,774$47,0960$0
Financial Administration 3$15,328$61,3122$5,726
Judicial and Legal 1$4,894$58,7283$5,534
Fire - Other 0$0 2$4,914
Other and Unallocable 0$0 2$3,412
Parks and Recreation 0$0 1$2,070
Welfare 0$0 0$0
Totals for Government 52$380,564$87,82221$35,234

Watchung government finances - Expenditure in 2012 (per resident):

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $200,000 ($33.42)
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $4,231,000 ($706.93)
    General - Other: $2,144,000 ($358.23)
    Sewerage: $588,000 ($98.25)
    Regular Highways: $583,000 ($97.41)
    Central Staff Services: $360,000 ($60.15)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $298,000 ($49.79)
    Financial Administration: $292,000 ($48.79)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $162,000 ($27.07)
    General Public Buildings: $134,000 ($22.39)
    Local Fire Protection: $132,000 ($22.06)
    Health - Other: $84,000 ($14.04)
    Parks and Recreation: $76,000 ($12.70)
    Libraries: $42,000 ($7.02)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $748,000 ($124.98)
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Judicial and Legal Services: $14,000 ($2.34)
  • Other Capital Outlay - General Public Building: $50,000 ($8.35)
    Police Protection: $20,000 ($3.34)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $4,700,000 ($785.30)

Watchung government finances - Revenue in 2012 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $1,208,000 ($201.84)
    Other: $55,000 ($9.19)
    Parks and Recreation: $1,000 ($0.17)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $37,000 ($6.18)
  • Miscellaneous - Fines and Forfeits: $224,000 ($37.43)
    Interest Earnings: $34,000 ($5.68)
    General Revenue - Other: $4,000 ($0.67)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $700,000 ($116.96)
    Other: $460,000 ($76.86)
    Highways: $220,000 ($36.76)
    Health and Hospitals: $1,000 ($0.17)
  • Tax - Property: $8,711,000 ($1455.47)
    Other License: $386,000 ($64.49)
    Public Utilities Sales: $35,000 ($5.85)

Watchung government finances - Debt in 2012 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $25,668,000 ($4288.72)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $22,808,000 ($3810.86)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $3,043,000 ($508.44)
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $183,000 ($30.58)
  • Short Term Debt Outstanding - End of Fiscal Year: $4,460,000 ($745.20)
    Beginning: $4,460,000 ($745.20)

Watchung government finances - Cash and Securities in 2012 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $2,781,000 ($464.66)

6.88% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($99,878 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.88%
New Jersey average:

5.43%

0.05% of residents moved from foreign countries ($2,109 average AGI)
Somerset County:

0.05%
New Jersey average:

0.04%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Middlesex County, NJ  1.86% ($84,038 average AGI)
from Union County, NJ  0.79% ($77,768)
from Morris County, NJ  0.44% ($154,513)


7.61% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($110,999 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.61%
New Jersey average:

6.14%

0.10% of residents moved to foreign countries ($3,010 average AGI)
Somerset County:

0.10%
New Jersey average:

0.07%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Middlesex County, NJ  1.35% ($54,961 average AGI)
to Union County, NJ  0.59% ($62,161)
to Hunterdon County, NJ  0.46% ($101,740)
Businesses in Watchung, NJ
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1New Balance1
Arby's1Nike6
Avenue1Old Country Buffet1
Baja Fresh Mexican Grill1Old Navy1
Baskin-Robbins1Panera Bread1
Bed Bath & Beyond1PetSmart1
Buffalo Wild Wings1Pier 1 Imports1
DressBarn1Quiznos1
Dressbarn1RadioShack1
Dunkin Donuts1Raymour & Flanigan1
Famous Footwear1Sears2
FedEx4Staples1
Foot Locker1Stop & Shop1
Ford1Subway2
GNC1T-Mobile3
GameStop2T.G.I. Driday's1
H&R Block1T.J.Maxx1
Home Depot1Target1
Kohl's1Toys"R"Us1
La-Z-Boy1UPS3
Lane Furniture1Verizon Wireless2
LensCrafters1Walmart1
Marshalls1Wendy's1

Strongest AM radio stations in Watchung:

  • WMCA (570 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: SALEM MEDIA OF NEW YORK, LLC)
  • WOR (710 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: BUCKLEY BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WINS (1010 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WABC (770 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: WABC-AM RADIO, INC.)
  • WEPN (1050 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: NEW YORK AM RADIO, LLC)
  • WBBR (1130 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: BLOOMBERG COMMUNICATIONS INC.)
  • WADO (1280 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: WADO-AM LICENSE CORP.)
  • WSNR (620 AM; 20 kW; JERSEY CITY, NJ)
  • WJDM (1530 AM; 10 kW; ELIZABETH, NJ; Owner: RADIO UNICA OF NEW YORK LICENSE CORP)
  • WLIB (1190 AM; 30 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: ICBC BROADCAST HOLDINGS-NY, INC.)
  • WFAN (660 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WQEW (1560 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: THE NEW YORK TIMES ELECTRONIC MEDIA COMPANY)
  • WCBS (880 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Watchung:

  • WAWZ (99.1 FM; ZAREPHATH, NJ; Owner: PILLAR OF FIRE)
  • WRKS (98.7 FM; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: EMMIS RADIO LICENSE CORP OF NEW YORK)
  • WNEW (102.7 FM; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WNYC-FM (93.9 FM; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: WNYC RADIO)
  • WPAT-FM (93.1 FM; PATERSON, NJ; Owner: WPAT LICENSING, INC.)
  • WMGQ (98.3 FM; NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ; Owner: THE SENTINEL PUBLISHING CO.)
  • WQCD (101.9 FM; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: EMMIS RADIO LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • WKTU (103.5 FM; LAKE SUCCESS, NY; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, LLC)
  • WCAA (105.9 FM; NEWARK, NJ; Owner: WADO-AM LICENSE CORP. ("WADO"))
  • WBAI (99.5 FM; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: PACIFICA FOUNDATION, INC.)
  • WBLS (107.5 FM; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: ICBC BROADCAST HOLDINGS-NY, INC.)
  • WLTW (106.7 FM; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: AMFM NEW YORK LICENSES, LLC)
  • WQXR-FM (96.3 FM; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: THE NEW YORK TIMES ELECTRONIC MEDIA COMPANY)
  • WSKQ-FM (97.9 FM; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: WSKQ LICENSING, INC.)
  • WXRK (92.3 FM; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WAXQ (104.3 FM; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: AMFM NEW YORK LICENSES, LLC)
  • WHTZ (100.3 FM; NEWARK, NJ; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WWPR-FM (105.1 FM; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WQHT (97.1 FM; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: EMMIS LICENSE CORPORATION OF NEW YORK)
  • WCBS-FM (101.1 FM; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Watchung:

  • WNJB (Channel 58; NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ; Owner: NEW JERSEY PUBLIC BROADCASTING AUTHORITY)
  • WLBX-LP (Channel 22; CRANFORD, NJ; Owner: RENARD COMMUNICATIONS CORP.)
  • WCBS-TV (Channel 2; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: CBS BROADCASTING INC.)
  • WPXO-LP (Channel 34; EAST ORANGE, NJ; Owner: PAXSON COMMUNICATIONS LPTV, INC.)
  • WNYW (Channel 5; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, INC.)
  • WABC-TV (Channel 7; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: AMERICAN BROADCASTING COMPANIES, INC)
  • WPIX (Channel 11; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: WPIX, INC.)
  • WWOR-TV (Channel 9; SECAUCUS, NJ; Owner: FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, INC.)
  • WPXN-TV (Channel 31; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: PAXSON COMMUNICATIONS LICENSE COMPANY, LLC)
  • WNBC (Channel 4; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: NATIONAL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WNET (Channel 13; NEWARK, NJ; Owner: EDUCATIONAL BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WXTV (Channel 41; PATERSON, NJ; Owner: WXTV LICENSE PARTNERSHIP, G.P.)
  • WNJU (Channel 47; LINDEN, NJ; Owner: WNJU LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • WFUT (Channel 68; NEWARK, NJ; Owner: UNIVISION NEW YORK LLC)
  • WNYE-TV (Channel 25; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: NEW YORK CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION)
  • WXNY-LP (Channel 32; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: ISLAND BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • W54CZ (Channel 54; MORRISTOWN, NJ; Owner: WLNY-TV, INC.)
  • WKOB-LP (Channel 53; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: WKOB COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WEBR-CA (Channel 17; MANHATTAN, NY; Owner: K LICENSEE INC.)
  • WRNN-LP (Channel 57; NYACK, NY; Owner: LP NYACK LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • W36AS (Channel 36; NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ; Owner: DEEPAK VISWANATH)
  • W60AI (Channel 60; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: VENTANA TELEVISION, INC.)
  • WNJT (Channel 52; TRENTON, NJ; Owner: NEW JERSEY PUBLIC BROADCASTING AUTHORITY)
  • WNXY-LP (Channel 26; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: ISLAND BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WMBC-TV (Channel 63; NEWTON, NJ; Owner: MOUNTAIN BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
Watchung fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
See more detailed statistics of Watchung fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 38Number of bridges
  • 328ft / 100mTotal length
  • $11,970,000Total costs
  • 922,930Total average daily traffic
  • 65,762Total average daily truck traffic
  • 559,629Total future (year 2036) average daily traffic
New bridges in Watchung, NJ - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 11900-1909
  • 11910-1919
  • 21920-1929
  • 11950-1959
  • 151960-1969
  • 71970-1979
  • 11980-1989
  • 71990-1999
  • 22000-2009
  • 12010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Watchung, NJ

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

13 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers in Watchung, NJ)

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

2
  • Johnston Dr., 421 Johnston Drive (Lat: 40.635944 Lon: -74.438222), Type: Nntann, Structure height: 53.3 m, Overall height: 56 m, Call Sign: WQAN966, Licensee ID: L00016788,
    Assigned Frequencies: 10875.0 MHz, Grant Date: 04/30/2014, Expiration Date: 07/12/2024, Certifier: James R Barsuglia, Registrant: State Of New Jersey, River Road, West Trenton, NJ 08628-0068, Phone: (609) 882-2000
  • JOHNSTON DR, 400 Johnston Dr (Lat: 40.636194 Lon: -74.438361), Type: Ltower, Structure height: 45.7 m, Overall height: 53.4 m, Call Sign: WQRA485,
    Assigned Frequencies: 10995.0 MHz, 10795.0 MHz, Grant Date: 04/04/2013, Expiration Date: 04/04/2023, Certifier: Rubin Walker, Registrant: Jacobs Engineering, 450 Raritan Center Parkway - Suite C, Edison, NJ 08837, Phone: (732) 902-6977, Fax: (732) 225-1773, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

20 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Watchung)
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 1 full tract)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED4$471,75047$471,277173$424,22514$180,8571$995,0006$468,833
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED1$366,00012$557,25015$361,0670$00$01$395,000
APPLICATIONS DENIED3$513,33315$510,33345$402,8674$248,0000$02$199,000
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$04$377,00031$446,6131$900,0000$00$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$04$457,0007$615,5710$00$00$0

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 0523.00

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 1 full tract)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
NumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1$332,000
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED1$470,000
APPLICATIONS DENIED2$366,500
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$0

Detailed PMIC statistics for the following Tracts: 0523.00

Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Watchung, NJ
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Watchung, NJ - Value

2004 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year Based on the data from the years 2004 - 2018 the average number of fires per year is 22. The highest number of reported fires - 57 took place in 2008, and the least - 3 in 2014. The data has a growing trend.
    Fire incident types in Watchung, NJ When looking into fire subcategories, the most reports belonged to: Outside Fires (38.6%), and Structure Fires (34.7%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Watchung, NJ
    • 12738.6%Outside Fires
    • 11434.7%Structure Fires
    • 8124.6%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 72.1%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Watchung, NJ
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Watchung, NJ
  • 80.7%Utility gas
  • 13.6%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 5.7%Electricity
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Watchung, NJ
  • 69.0%Utility gas
  • 18.6%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 8.4%Electricity
  • 4.0%Bottled, tank, or LP gas


Watchung compared to New Jersey state average:

  • Median household income above state average.
  • Median house value significantly above state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly above state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.

Watchung on our top lists:

  • #12 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the lowest number of assaults per 100,000 residents (population 5,000+)"
  • #15 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the highest number of police officers per 1000 residents (population 5,000+)"
  • #15 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the lowest percentage of single-parent households, population 5,000+"
  • #40 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the smallest percentage of divorced people (15+ years)(population 5,000+)"
  • #42 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Egypt (population 500+)"
  • #57 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Syria (population 500+)"
  • #58 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Europe (population 500+)"
  • #61 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in religious group quarters (population 1,000+)"
  • #67 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Portugal (population 500+)"
  • #79 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Northern Africa (population 500+)"
  • #81 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: management of companies and enterprises (population 5,000+)"
  • #84 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #97 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Southern Europe (population 500+)"
  • #98 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Poland (population 500+)"
  • #99 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: wholesale trade (population 5,000+)"
  • #12 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that visited a dentist within the past year"
  • #16 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the best general health status score of residents (1-5), 3 years of data"
  • #16 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest decrease in the number of births per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop 50,000+)"
  • #27 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents that keep firearms around their homes"
  • #34 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
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