Get to know New Brunswick, NJ

The city of New Brunswick lies roughly 27 miles southwest of Manhattan.  It was named after the German city of Braunschweig in 1714.  In 1766 it saw the founding of Queen’s College, which would later become Rutgers University.  It was chartered as a city in 1784.  The city attracted immigrants, particularly Hungarians, in the 20th century and has continued to boast an ethnically diverse population today.  Since the mid 1970’s gentrification hast tried to revitalize the downtown areas plighted by the “white flight” of the mid 20th century.    The healthcare industry plays a pivotal role in New Brunswick’s economy.  The city is home to Johnson & Johnson and Bristol-Myers Squibb as well as several medical and research institutions.  Notable attractions include Bishop House and the Albany Street Bridge.  Famous residents have included Jim Axelrod, Michael Douglas, and Joyce Kilmer.

Quick Facts

Population: 56,338

Median Household Income: $38,435

Median Property Value: $242,200

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