Somerset County, New Jersey

Somerset County is a county located in the U.S. state of New Jersey. As of the 2017 Census estimate, the county's population was 335,432,[6] a 3.7% increase from the 2010 United States Census, making it the 13th most populous of the state's 21 counties.[7][4] Somerset County is part of the New York Metropolitan Area. Its county seat is Somerville.[3] The most populous place was Franklin Township, with 62,300 residents at the time of the 2010 Census, while Hillsborough Township, covered 55.00 square miles (142.4 km2), the largest total area of any municipality.[8]

In 2015, the county had a per capita personal income of $86,468, the second highest in New Jersey and ranked 25th of 3,113 counties in the United States.[9][10] Somerset County, as of the 2000 Census, was the seventh wealthiest county in the United States by median household income at $76,933 (third in New Jersey behind Hunterdon County at $79,888 and Morris County at $77,340), fourth in median family income at $90,655 (second in New Jersey behind Hunterdon County at $91,050) and ranked seventh by per capita income at $37,970 (highest in New Jersey).[11] The Bureau of Economic Analysis ranked the county as having the 11th-highest per capita income of all 3,113 counties in the United States (and the highest in New Jersey) as of 2009.[12] In 2012, 49.8 percent of Somerset County residents were college graduates, the highest percentage in the state.[13] Somerset County was recently ranked number 3 of 21 NJ counties as one of the healthiest counties in New Jersey, according to an annual report by County Health Rankings and Roadmaps.[14] Somerset County was created on May 14, 1688, from portions of Middlesex County.[1]

Somerset County, New Jersey
County
Basking Ridge, New Jersey
A walking path in Basking Ridge
Flag of Somerset County, New Jersey
Flag
Seal of Somerset County, New Jersey
Seal
Map of New Jersey highlighting Somerset County

Location within the U.S. state of New Jersey
Map of the United States highlighting New Jersey

New Jersey's location within the U.S.
40°34′N 74°37′W / 40.56°N 74.61°WCoordinates: 40°34′N 74°37′W / 40.56°N 74.61°W
FoundedMay 14, 1688[1]
Named forEnglish county of Somerset[2]
SeatSomerville[3]
Largest cityFranklin Township (population)
Hillsborough Township (area)
Area
 • Total304.86 sq mi (790 km2)
 • Land301.81 sq mi (782 km2)
 • Water3.04 sq mi (8 km2), 1.00%
Population
 • (2010)323,444[4]
335,432 (2017 est.; 13th in state)[5]
 • Density1,105/sq mi (426.8/km2)
Congressional districts7th, 12th
Websitewww.co.somerset.nj.us
Interactive map of Somerset County, New Jersey

History

Somerset County is one of America's oldest counties, and is named after the English county of Somerset. The area was first settled in 1681, in the vicinity of Bound Brook, and the county was established by charter on May 22, 1688. Most of the early residents were Dutch. General George Washington and his troops marched through the county on several occasions and slept in many of the homes located throughout the area. Somerset County also played an important part during both World War I and World War II with weapons depots and the manufacturing of the army's woolen blankets.

For much of its history, Somerset County was primarily an agricultural county. In the late 19th century, the Somerset Hills area of Somerset County became a popular country home for wealthy industrialists. The area is still the home of wealthy pharmaceutical industrialists.[15]

In 1917, Somerset County, in cooperation with Rutgers University, hired its first agricultural agent to connect local farmers with expert advice. The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County, located in Bridgewater, serves residents in the areas of agriculture and natural resources, 4-H youth development and family and community health sciences.[16]

In the 1960s, townships that were once exclusively agricultural were quickly transformed into suburban communities. Examples include Bridgewater Township[17] and the Watchung Hills communities of Watchung, Green Brook and Warren Township.[18][19][20] This growth was aided by the development of the county's very strong pharmaceutical and technology presence. Warren Township used to be considered "the greenest place in New Jersey."[18] More recently, there has been an influx of New York City commuters who use NJ Transit's Raritan Valley Line and Gladstone Branch or use Interstate 78.

Geography

According to the 2010 Census, the county had a total area of 304.86 square miles (789.6 km2), including 301.81 square miles (781.7 km2) of land (99.0%) and 3.04 square miles (7.9 km2) of water (1.0%).[8][21]

The high point is on Mine Mountain in Bernardsville, at approximately 860 feet (260 m) above sea level.[22] The lowest point is just above sea level on the Raritan River at the Middlesex County line.

Adjacent counties

Somerset County borders the following counties:[23]

Climate and weather

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In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Somerville have ranged from a low of 18 °F (−8 °C) in January to a high of 85 °F (29 °C) in July, although a record low of −16 °F (−27 °C) was recorded in January 1984 and a record high of 105 °F (41 °C) was recorded in August 1955. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 2.84 inches (72 mm) in February to 4.83 inches (123 mm) in July.[24]

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
179012,296
180012,8154.2%
181014,72514.9%
182016,50612.1%
183017,6897.2%
184017,455*−1.3%
185019,69212.8%
186022,05712.0%
187023,5106.6%
188027,16215.5%
189028,3114.2%
190032,94816.4%
191038,82017.8%
192047,99123.6%
193065,13235.7%
194074,39014.2%
195099,05233.2%
1960143,91345.3%
1970198,37237.8%
1980203,1292.4%
1990240,27918.3%
2000297,49023.8%
2010323,4448.7%
Est. 2017335,432[5]3.7%
Historical sources: 1790-1990[25]
1970-2010[8] 2000[26] 2010[4] 2000-2010[27]
* = Lost territory in previous decade.[1]

Census 2010

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 323,444 people, 117,759 households, and 84,668.721 families residing in the county. The population density was 1,071.7 per square mile (413.8/km2). There were 123,127 housing units at an average density of 408 per square mile (158/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 70.06% (226,608) White, 8.95% (28,943) Black or African American, 0.17% (556) Native American, 14.11% (45,650) Asian, 0.03% (94) Pacific Islander, 4.13% (13,360) from other races, and 2.55% (8,233) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.01% (42,091) of the population.[4]

There were 117,759 households out of which 35.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.8% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.1% were non-families. 23.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.22.[4]

In the county, the population was spread out with 25% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 26.4% from 25 to 44, 29.8% from 45 to 64, and 12.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.2 years. For every 100 females there were 95.1 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 91.8 males.[4]

Census 2000

At the 2000 United States Census[28] there were 297,490 people, 108,984 households and 78,359 families residing in the county. The population density was 976 per square mile (377/km²). There were 112,023 housing units at an average density of 368 per square mile (142/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 79.34% White, 7.53% Black or African American, 0.13% Native American, 8.38% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2.74% from other races, and 1.83% from two or more races. 8.68% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.[26][29] Among those residents listing their ancestry, 18.7% were of Italian, 15.6% Irish, 14.5% German, 9.6% Polish and 7.1% English ancestry according to Census 2000.[29][30]

There were 108,984 households of which 36.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.60% were married couples living together, 8.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.10% were non-families. 22.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.19.[26]

Age distribution was 25.50% under the age of 18, 5.90% from 18 to 24, 33.80% from 25 to 44, 23.50% from 45 to 64, and 11.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.10 males.[26]

The median household income was $76,933 and the median family income was $90,605. Males had a median income of $60,602 versus $41,824 for females. The per capita income for the county was $37,970. About 2.3% of families and 8.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.7% of those under age 18 and 4.9% of those age 65 or over.[29][31]

Parks and recreation

Somerset County parks include Lord Stirling Park (part of the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge), Colonial Park (with a lovely rose garden), Washington Valley Park (with biking and hiking trails), the Sourland Mountain Preserve (hiking and mountain biking trails), and the newest park in development called Raritan River Greenway (which is being developed along the Raritan River in Bridgewater Township).[32]

The southeastern portion of Somerset County in Franklin Township also includes the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park, which provides hiking, biking and boating.[33]

Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster is an exclusive golf club owned by Donald Trump.[34]

The Somerset Patriots are a professional baseball team who plays at the 6,100-seat TD Bank Ballpark, located on the border of Bridgewater and Bound Brook. They play in the independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.[35]

Government

Somerset County is governed by a five-member Board of Chosen Freeholders, whose members are elected at-large to three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with one or two seats coming up for election each year. At an annual reorganization meeting held on the first Friday of January, the board selects a Director and Deputy Director from among its members.[36] In 2016, freeholders were paid $21,902 and the freeholder director was paid an annual salary of $22,902.[37]

The Freeholders employ a full-time County Administrator who manages the day-to-day operations of County government. The County Administrator is Michael J. Amorosa.[38] The Clerk of the Board of Freeholders oversees the work of their offices. Department heads are appointed in accordance with statute and by resolution of the board. Somerset County currently has approximately 1,100 full-time and 130 part-time employees in 52 divisions (including the Library System).[39]

As of 2019, Somerset County's Freeholders are:[40][41][42][43][44][45][46]

Pursuant to Article VII Section II of the New Jersey State Constitution, each county in New Jersey is required to have three elected administrative officials known as "constitutional officers." These officers are the County Clerk and County Surrogate (both elected for five-year terms of office) and the County Sheriff (elected for a three-year term).[51] Constitutional officers, elected on a countywide basis are:[42]

The Somerset County Prosecutor is Michael H. Robertson of the Basking Ridge section of Bernards Township, who was nominated by Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie in September 2016.[58][59]

Somerset County is a part of Vicinage 13 of the New Jersey Superior Court (along with Hunterdon County and Warren County), which is seated at the Somerset County Courthouse in Somerville; the Assignment Judge for Vicinage 15 is Yolanda Ciccone.[60]

The 7th and 12th Congressional Districts cover the county.[61][62] For the 116th United States Congress. New Jersey's Seventh Congressional District is represented by Tom Malinowski (D, Rocky Hill).[63] For the 116th United States Congress, New Jersey's Twelfth Congressional District is represented by Bonnie Watson Coleman (D, Ewing Township).[64][65]

The county is part of the 16th, 17th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 25th Districts in the New Jersey Legislature.[66] For the 2018–2019 session (Senate, General Assembly), the 16th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Christopher Bateman (R, Branchburg) and in the General Assembly by Andrew Zwicker (D, South Brunswick) and Roy Freiman (D, Hillsborough Township).[67][68] For the 2018–2019 session (Senate, General Assembly), the 17th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Bob Smith (D, Piscataway) and in the General Assembly by Joseph Danielsen (D, Franklin Township, Somerset County) and Joseph V. Egan (D, New Brunswick).[69][70] For the 2018–2019 session (Senate, General Assembly), the 21st Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Thomas Kean Jr. (R, Westfield) and in the General Assembly by Jon Bramnick (R, Westfield) and Nancy Munoz (R, Summit).[71][72] For the 2018–2019 session (Senate, General Assembly), the 22nd Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Nicholas Scutari (D, Linden) and in the General Assembly by Linda Carter (politician) (D, Plainfield) and James J. Kennedy (D, Rahway).[73][74] Carter was appointed in May 2018 to fill the vacant seat left following the death of Jerry Green the previous month after 26 years of service.[75] For the 2018–2019 session (Senate, General Assembly), the 23rd Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Michael J. Doherty (R, Washington Township, Warren County) and in the General Assembly by John DiMaio (R, Hackettstown) and Erik Peterson (R, Franklin Township, Hunterdon County).[76][77] For the 2018–2019 session (Senate, General Assembly), the 25th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Anthony Bucco (R, Boonton Town) and in the General Assembly by Tony Bucco (R, Boonton Township) and Michael Patrick Carroll (R, Morris Township).[78][79]

Politics

As of October 31, 2014, there were a total of 216,901 registered voters in Somerset County, of whom 55,782 (25.7%) were registered as Democrats, 53,345 (24.6%) were registered as Republicans and 107,546 (49.6%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 228 voters registered to other parties.[80] Among the county's 2010 Census population, 67.1% were registered to vote, including 75.% of those ages 18 and over.[80][81]

In the 2004 presidential election, George W. Bush carried Somerset County by a 4.3% margin over John Kerry, with Kerry carrying the state by 6.7% over Bush.[82] However, in 2008, Barack Obama became the first Democratic Presidential nominee to carry the county since Lyndon Johnson in 1964, and only the second since 1936. Obama won Somerset by a 6.1% margin over John McCain, with Obama carrying the state by 15.5% over McCain.[83] Somerset's growing Democratic trend at the presidential level has largely been spurred by the rapid growth of the overwhelmingly Democratic Franklin Township in the county's southwest corner.

In the 2009 Gubernatorial Election, Republican Chris Christie received 56% of the vote, defeating Democrat Jon Corzine, who received around 34%. In the 2012 presidential election, the county was carried by Barack Obama, winning 52.8% of the vote to Mitt Romney's 47.2%, a 5.6% gap that represented a 0.5% drop off for Obama from his 2008 margin of victory in the county.[84][85]

On August 13, 2013, a Somerset County Sheriff's Officer Tim Pino successfully lobbied the New Jersey Legislature to change the way it protected law enforcement animals and the families they live with. To this day Dano's Law remains the only law in the history of New Jersey to be named after an animal. Dano's Law was co-sponsored by Senator Christopher Bateman and Assemblyman Peter Biondi of Legislative District #16.[87]

Legal

In 1996, Nicholas L. Bissell Jr., then county prosecutor, was charged with embezzlement, tax fraud and abuse of power. He fled to Laughlin, Nevada, near Las Vegas and took his own life when the federal authorities attempted to arrest him.[88]

Taxation

Based on IRS data for the 2004 tax year, Somerset County taxpayers had the ninth-highest average federal income tax liability per return in the country. Average tax liability was $16,502, representing 16.8% of Adjusted Gross Income.[89]

Education

Somerset County is home to two colleges:

Alma White College (which operated from 1921 to 1978) was a private college located in Zarephath.[93] Beginning in 1931 the college operated WAWZ 1380 on the AM radio dial. The station continued to 1984 after the school closed. The building is now occupied by Somerset Christian College.

Somerset Hills Learning Institute, founded in 1998 and now located in Bedminster Township, is a state-of-the-art program dedicated to educating children on the autism spectrum by utilizing the principles of applied behavior analysis.[94]

Municipalities

Somerset County, New Jersey Municipalities
Index map of Somerset County municipalities (click to see index key)

Municipalities in Somerset County (with 2010 Census data for population, housing units and area) are listed below.[95] Other, unincorporated communities in the county are listed alongside their parent municipality (or municipalities, as the case may be). These areas include census-designated places (CDPs), which have been created by the United States Census Bureau for enumeration purposes within a Township.[8] Other communities, historical areas, unincorporated areas, and enclaves that exist within a municipality are also listed.

Municipality
(with map key)
Municipal
type
Population Housing
Units
Total
Area
Water
Area
Land
Area
Pop.
Density
Housing
Density
Communities[96]
Bedminster Township (21) township 8,165 4,349 26.30 0.22 26.08 313.1 166.8 Lamington
Pluckemin
Pottersville
Bernards Township (20) township 26,652 10,103 24.06 0.13 23.93 1,113.6 422.1 Basking Ridge
Liberty Corner
Lyons
Bernardsville (1) borough 7,707 2,871 12.98 0.08 12.91 597.2 222.5
Bound Brook (6) borough 10,402 3,816 1.69 0.04 1.66 6,269.6 2,300.0
Branchburg Township (16) township 14,459 5,419 20.28 0.24 20.04 721.4 270.4 Neshanic Station
North Branch
Bridgewater Township (17) township 44,464 16,657 32.51 0.47 32.04 1,387.9 519.9 Bradley Gardens CDP (14,206)
Finderne CDP (5,600)
Green Knoll CDP (6,200)
Martinsville CDP (11,980)
Far Hills (3) borough 919 418 4.88 0.08 4.80 191.6 87.1
Franklin Township (14) township 62,300 24,426 46.85 0.70 46.15 1,350.0 529.3 Blackwells Mills CDP (803)
Clyde CDP (213)
East Franklin CDP (8,669)
East Millstone CDP (579)
East Rocky Hill CDP (469)
Franklin Center CDP (4,460)
Franklin Park CDP (13,295)
Griggstown CDP (819)
Kingston CDP (part; 271)
Middlebush CDP (2,326)
Pleasant Plains CDP (922)
Rockingham
Six Mile Run CDP (3,184)
Somerset CDP (22,083)
Ten Mile Run CDP (1,959)
Voorhees CDP (976)
Weston CDP (1,235)
Zarephath CDP (37)
Green Brook Township (19) township 7,203 2,448 4.48 0.01 4.47 1,610.5 547.3
Hillsborough Township (15) township 38,303 14,030 55.00 0.47 54.54 702.3 257.3 Amwell
Cloverhill
Flagtown
Neshanic
South Branch
Zion
Manville (8) borough 10,344 4,277 2.45 0.09 2.36 4,382.0 1,811.9
Millstone (11) borough 418 167 0.76 0.02 0.74 566.5 226.3
Montgomery Township (13) township 22,254 7,902 32.48 0.17 32.31 688.8 244.6 Amwell
Belle Mead CDP (216)
Blawenburg CDP (280)
Dutchtown
Harlingen CDP (297)
Skillman CDP (242)
Stoutsburg
Zion
North Plainfield (5) borough 21,936 7,848 2.81 0.01 2.79 7,850.0 2,808.5
Peapack-Gladstone (2) borough 2,582 949 5.85 0.04 5.81 444.5 163.4 Gladstone
Raritan (10) borough 6,881 2,847 2.04 0.04 1.99 3,452.2 1,428.3
Rocky Hill (12) borough 682 292 0.62 0.00 0.62 1,101.4 471.6
Somerville (9) borough 12,098 4,951 2.36 0.03 2.33 5,189.5 2,123.8
South Bound Brook (7) borough 4,563 1,865 0.75 0.10 0.66 6,933.8 2,834.0
Warren Township (18) township 15,311 5,258 19.64 0.08 19.57 782.5 268.7
Watchung (4) borough 5,801 2,234 6.05 0.03 6.03 962.7 370.7
Somerset County county 323,444 123,127 304.86 3.04 301.81 1,071.7 408.0

Transportation

Roads and highways

Somerset County is served by a number of different routes. As of May 2010, the county had a total of 1,714.99 miles (2,760.01 km) of roadways, of which 1,370.80 miles (2,206.09 km) were maintained by the local municipality, 234.23 miles (376.96 km) by Somerset County and 109.96 miles (176.96 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.[97]

Major county roads that pass through include County Route 512, County Route 514, County Route 518, County Route 523, County Route 525, County Route 527, County Route 529, County Route 531 and County Route 533.

The only two state routes that traverse through are Route 27 (only in Franklin) and Route 28.

U.S. Routes include U.S. Route 22, U.S. Route 202 and U.S. Route 206.

The two interstates that pass through are Interstate 78 and Interstate 287.

Interstate 95 was planned to run along the Somerset Freeway from its proposed southern end in Hopewell Township, Mercer County to Franklin Township at I-287 in the 1960s. However, this plan was cancelled in 1983.

Route 18 runs at the New Brunswick border of Somerset.

Public transportation

Bernardsville Station NJ
Bernardsville Station

NJ Transit provides train service on the Gladstone Branch and the Raritan Valley Line.[98][99] Public bus transportation is provided by several transit agencies.[100]

NJ Transit provides bus service to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan, as well as service to major cities in New Jersey and within Somerset County.[101] Ridewise provides three SCOOT shuttles[102] as well as DASH buses and CAT buses.[103][104]

See also

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Bernardsville station

Bernardsville is a New Jersey Transit station located in Bernardsville, Somerset County, New Jersey, United States, along the Gladstone Branch of the Morris & Essex Lines.

Bernardsville station opened on January 29, 1872 with the first New Jersey West Line Railroad train leaving Bernardsville for Summit station.

Clyde, New Jersey

Clyde is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) located in Franklin Township, in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the CDP's population was 213.

Courier News

The Courier News, headquartered in Somerville, New Jersey, is a daily newspaper serving Somerset County and other areas of Central Jersey. The paper has been owned by the Gannett Company since 1940.

East Millstone, New Jersey

East Millstone is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) located in Franklin Township, in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the CDP's population was 579. It is a small rural community that grew and prospered with a small industrial base in the 19th Century, centered on the Delaware and Raritan Canal at Amwell Road and the long-abandoned Millstone and New Brunswick Railroad that terminated in East Millstone. East Millstone was an independent municipality from 1873–1949.

Franklin Park, New Jersey

Franklin Park is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) located within Franklin Township, in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the CDP's population was 13,295. Route 27 (historically known as Old Road/King's Highway and once part of the Lincoln Highway system) bisects the village and serves as the dividing line between the two counties. The adjacent sections of South Brunswick and North Brunswick, Middlesex County on the east side of Route 27 are also known as Franklin Park, but are not included within the CDP's boundaries.The area is served as United States Postal Service ZIP code 08823. Most of the 2001 anthrax attacks letters had the address of Franklin Park.

Franklin Township, Somerset County, New Jersey

Franklin Township is a township in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 62,300, reflecting an increase of 11,397 (+22.4%) from the 50,903 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 8,123 (+19.0%) from the 42,780 counted in the 1990 Census.Traditionally a farming community, it has become a fast-growing suburb with massive development in the later 20th and 21st centuries as a diverse blend of races, religions and cultures. In 2008, Franklin Township ranked #5 on Money magazine's list of America's Top 100 Best Places to Live.What is now Franklin Township was originally formed circa 1745 as Eastern precinct. Franklin Township was incorporated on February 21, 1798, as one of New Jersey's initial group of 104 townships by an act of the New Jersey Legislature. Portions of the township were taken to form South Bound Brook (formed within Township, became independent municipality as of April 11, 1907) and East Millstone (February 18, 1873, returned to Franklin Township on December 31, 1949).

Gladstone station (NJ Transit)

Gladstone is a New Jersey Transit station in Peapack-Gladstone, Somerset County, New Jersey, United States. It is the western terminus of the Gladstone Branch of the Morris and Essex line. A yard is to the east of the station.

The original 1891 wood station and freight station remains in service. The head house has been on the state and federal registers of historic places since 1984, listed as part of the Operating Passenger Railroad Stations Thematic Resource.

Green Brook Township, New Jersey

Green Brook Township is a township in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 7,203, reflecting an increase of 1,549 (+27.4%) from the 5,654 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,194 (+26.8%) from the 4,460 counted in the 1990 Census.What is now Green Brook was originally created as North Plainfield Township on April 2, 1872, from portions of Warren Township. Portions of the township were taken to form North Plainfield borough (June 9, 1885) and Watchung (March 23, 1926). Green Brook was incorporated as a township by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on November 8, 1932, replacing North Plainfield Township, based on the results of a referendum held that same day.Most of Green Brook shares ZIP code 08812 with Dunellen.The township describes itself as "Small Enough to Know You, Large Enough to Get Things Done".

Intercollegiate Tennis Association

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association is an organization of tennis coaches and players at the college level in the United States. The membership includes people from NCAA Divisions I, II, III, and NAIA and Junior/Community College schools. The head office is located in Tempe, Arizona.

James B. Christie House

The James B. Christie House is a large, flat-roofed Usonian on a wooded site in Bernardsville, in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States. The Christie House, built in 1940, is Frank Lloyd Wright's oldest and, at 2,000 square feet (190 m2), Wright's largest house in New Jersey. The residence has one story and is made of brick, cypress, and redwood.

It is designed in an L-shaped plan with a rectangular living room and a dining area that is perpendicular to a wing with three bedrooms and three baths. The kitchen is in the corner of the L, like a hinge connecting the two sections, separating public from private areas. The flat roof with its overhanging soffit reinforces the sprawling horizontal design.

Wright advised James B. Christie, his first New Jersey client, to select a setting that has "as much individuality as to topography and features—stream, trees, etc. and as much freedom from adjacent buildings as is possible."

King's Highway Historic District (New Jersey)

The King's Highway Historic District covers the portions of U.S. Route 206 and New Jersey Route 27 in New Jersey that connect Lawrenceville (in Lawrence Township) with Kingston (in Franklin Township / South Brunswick, New Jersey) through Princeton. This historic roadway dates to colonial times and was a portion of the King's Highway that was laid out by order of Charles II of England to connect Boston with Charleston. It is lined with many institutions and sites that have played an important role in the History of the United States, including Princeton University and the Princeton Theological Seminary.

Along the road can be found five National Historic Landmarks: the Lawrenceville School, Morven, Maclean House, Nassau Hall, and the Joseph Henry House. The highway also runs through eight historic districts, from west to east, Lawrence Township Historic District, Princeton Battlefield / Stony Brook Village Historic District, Princeton Historic District, Jugtown Historic District, Kingston Mill Historic District, Lake Carnegie Historic District, Delaware and Raritan Canal Historic District and the Kingston Village Historic District. The governor's mansion of New Jersey, Drumthwacket, independently listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is found on the road in the western part of Princeton. The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 21, 2000 for its significance in commerce, exploration, settlement, military, politics, government and transportation from 1660 to 1950. The highway itself is the only contributing structure.

List of county routes in Somerset County, New Jersey

The following is a list of county routes in Somerset County in the U.S. state of New Jersey. For more information on the county route system in New Jersey as a whole, including its history, see County routes in New Jersey.

Little Rocky Hill, New Jersey

Little Rocky Hill is an unincorporated community located within South Brunswick Township in Middlesex County and Franklin Township, Somerset County, New Jersey, United States. The community is located atop a small hill east of the borough of Rocky Hill. The Middlesex–Somerset county line runs through the community along Old Road though elsewhere it follows Route 27. Carters Brook runs through the area flowing south.

National Register of Historic Places listings in Somerset County, New Jersey

List of the National Register of Historic Places listings in Somerset County, New Jersey

This is intended to be a complete list of properties and districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Somerset County, New Jersey. The locations of National Register properties and districts (at least for all showing latitude and longitude coordinates below) may be seen in an online map by clicking on "Map of all coordinates".

This National Park Service list is complete through NPS recent listings posted April 12, 2019.

Neshanic, New Jersey

Neshanic is an unincorporated community within Hillsborough Township, in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States. It is located near the South Branch Raritan River.

Raritan station

Raritan is an NJ Transit railroad station on the Raritan Valley Line, in Raritan, Somerset County, New Jersey, United States, north of the town center on Thompson Street. The station building is south of the tracks in the main parking lot and was built in the early 1890s. There are also three other small lots for this station.

Raritan is the westernmost stop served by most Raritan Valley Line trains, as well as daily service. Service between Raritan and High Bridge operates during weekdays only.

The station building has been listed in the state and federal registers of historic places since 1984 and is part of the Operating Passenger Railroad Stations Thematic Resource. It houses the local VFW Post inside. A small section is still open during the winter with heaters so passengers do not have to wait outside.

Six Mile Run, New Jersey

Six Mile Run is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) located in Franklin Township, in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the CDP's population was 3,184.

Stoutsburg, New Jersey

Stoutsburg is an unincorporated community located along the border of Hopewell Township in Mercer County and Montgomery Township in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States. County Route 518 passes through the community from the east and west, while Province Line Road passes through north and south. Province Line Road follows the Keith line which formerly separated the provinces of West Jersey and East Jersey, now parts of Hopewell and Montgomery townships respectively.

Trump National Golf Club (Bedminster, New Jersey)

Trump National Golf Club is a private golf club located on Lamington Road in Bedminster, New Jersey. Approximately 40 miles (64 km) west of New York City in Somerset County, it is owned and operated by The Trump Organization.

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