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Old Bridge, NJ

Old Bridge is a township located in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States. It lies adjacent to the Raritan Bay coastline. The municipality encompasses both developed and rural areas, with residential neighborhoods, commercial centers, and vast farmland and wetland areas.

Old Bridge is located approximately 25 miles south of Newark and 30 miles east of Trenton, providing convenient access to major highways, mass transit, and the region’s major employment centers.

Population

According to the United States Census Bureau, as of the 2022 census the population of Old Bridge was 67,738, an increase of 3.61% from the 2010 census population of 65,375.

Old Bridge has experienced steady population growth over the past decade:

  • 2010 census: 65,3752020 census: 66,870

The population growth is due to new residential development in the township as well as its location near major highways providing convenient commutes to nearby employment centers. 

Racial Makeup

The racial makeup of Old Bridge’s population is diverse. Based on the American Community Survey data, the racial percentage of the population is as follows:

RacePercentage
White77.94%
Asian15.02%
Black or African American3.42%
Two or more races1.86%
Other race1.76%

Other key demographic profile data:

  • Average density: 3,369 people per square mile
  • Median age: 45
  • Median household income: $94,853
  • Average household size: 2.67
  • Percentage of citizens: 95.4%
  • Median property value: $370,300
  • Homeownership rate: 74.9%
  • Average commute time: 40.1 minutes
  • Average car ownership: 2 cars per household
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History

Old Bridge has a rich history that dates back over 10,000 years to its first inhabitants, the Lenni Lenape Native Americans. The area known as Old Bridge was home to the Unami tribe who lived along the river, migrating to the region around 10,000 B.C.

What is now Old Bridge Township was first incorporated in 1869 as Madison Township, formed from portions of South Amboy Township. The name was changed to Old Bridge Township in 1975 after the original bridge that spanned the South River in the area, giving the community its name.

As other bridges were built crossing the river, the first bridge became known as the “Old Bridge.” The Old Bridge Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, encompasses 108 acres and several streets in the community.

It highlights the town’s significance in art, education, and industry with historic structures dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. Old Bridge’s history spans from Native American settlement over 10 millennia ago to its growth as a thriving township with a rich cultural heritage today.

Healthcare

Old Bridge has several healthcare options available to its residents. Here are some of the healthcare facilities and services available in Old Bridge:

Healthcare ProviderLocationServices Provided
Preferred Care6989 Route 18, Old Bridge, NJ 08857Rehabilitation, Skilled Nursing Care, Hospice Care
Raritan Bay Medical Center-Old Bridge1 Hospital Plaza, Old Bridge, NJ 08857Emergency Care, Diagnostic Imaging, Surgical Services
Saint Peter’s University Hospital254 Easton Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901Cancer Care, Cardiology, Women’s Health
Excel Urgent Care of Old Bridge2639 County Rd 516, Old Bridge, NJ 08857Immediate Medical Care when Primary Care Physician Unavailable
CarePoint Health100 Perine Road, Old Bridge, NJ 08857Primary Care, Cardiology, Gastroenterology

Education

Old Bridge is served by the Old Bridge School District which consists of fourteen educational facilities that accommodate in excess of 8,000 pupils spanning pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. The schools within this district are dispersed across the township and comprise elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.

Many of the schools in Old Bridge are named after astronauts and space explorers, including:

  • Alan B. Shepard Elementary School is a public elementary school for pre-kindergarten through 5th-grade students.
  • Walter M. Schirra Elementary School, another public elementary school serving the same grades.
  • Carl Sandburg Middle School, Old Bridge’s first public middle school for 6th through 8th graders.

There are also private schools in the area which include St. Ambrose School, a Catholic elementary and middle school serving pre-kindergarten through 8th-grade students, and Calvary Christian School, an above-average private Christian school with approximately 300 students in grades PK, K-12.

Old Bridge is also located close to several institutions of higher education, providing options for students after high school. Rutgers University, a public research university located nearby in New Brunswick, is the largest institution of higher education in close proximity to Old Bridge.

Transportation in Old Bridge

Old Bridge residents have several options when it comes to transportation around the township and beyond.

Public transportation services include New Jersey Transit bus services that run through Old Bridge. There are multiple bus routes providing connections to neighboring East Brunswick as well as other parts of the state.

Private transportation services like taxis and limousines operate in Old Bridge to provide on-demand transportation.

However, the majority of Old Bridge residents use personal vehicles as their primary mode of transportation. The township is conveniently located near multiple major highways including the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway, which provide easy access to neighboring cities, New York City, and employment centers.

Ridesharing services like Lyft and Uber also operate in Old Bridge, offering an alternative to taxis for residents.

While Old Bridge does not have its own train station, there are NJ Transit rail stations located in neighboring towns that provide rail connections to New York City and other destinations along the Northeast Corridor.

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Points of Interest

This list highlights some of the most popular attractions for residents and visitors in Old Bridge, ranging from outdoor recreation to indoor family entertainment, historical sites, and special events.

  1. Cheesequake State Park – Hiking, camping, fishing, and boating in this large state park
  2. Middlesex County Fair – Annual county fair with carnival rides, music, shows, and agricultural exhibits
  3. SpyDrive – High-speed go-kart racing experience on a challenging track
  4. Supercharged Entertainment – Indoor entertainment center with go-kart racing, laser tag, arcade games, and more
  5. Hole in the Wall – Restaurant and bar featuring live music, karaoke, and events
  6. Pleasant Valley Lavender – Lavender farm with tours, workshops, and a gift shop
  7. The Escape Plan – Escape room challenging participants to solve puzzles and escape-themed rooms
  8. NJ ATV Rentals – ATV rental service for exploring trails and forests
  9. Monster Mini Golf – Indoor mini-golf course with glow-in-the-dark decor and obstacles
  10. Thomas Warne Museum & Library – Museum and library showcasing Old Bridge’s history

Final Thoughts

Old Bridge is a vibrant township with a rich history, diverse population, and a mix of attractions, recreation, education, and transportation options. The town has grown and evolved significantly from its origins as a Native American settlement into a modern community with resources and amenities to meet the needs of its growing population.

While development and population growth bring challenges, Old Bridge residents value the township’s character and livability. The balance between progress and preservation will help shape Old Bridge’s future and ensure it remains a desirable place to live, work and raise a family for generations to come.

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