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New Jersey has twenty-one counties. New Jersey's first counties were created as administrative districts within each province, with East Jersey split in 1675 into Bergen, Essex, Middlesex and Monmouth counties, while West Jersey's initial counties of Burlington and Salem date to 1681. The most recent county created in New Jersey was Union County, created in 1857.

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Middlesex County, New Jersey

Middlesex County Education, Geography, and HistoryMiddlesex County, New Jersey Courthouse

Middlesex County is a county located in north-central New Jersey, United States. As of 2014, Middlesex County's Census-estimated population was 836,297. The county was established as of March 7, 1683, as part of the Province of East Jersey and was partitioned as of October 31, 1693, into the townships of Piscataway, Perth Amboy and Woodbridge. Somerset County was established on May 14, 1688, from portions of Middlesex County. Its county seat is New Brunswick

Middlesex is part of the New York metropolitan area

Etymology - Origin of Middlesex County Name

Middlesex is named for the English county of Middlesex.

Demographics:

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Middlesex County History

The county was established as of March 7, 1683, as part of the Province of East Jersey and was partitioned as of October 31, 1693, into the townships of Piscataway, Perth Amboy and Woodbridge. Somerset County was established on May 14, 1688, from portions of Middlesex County.

The county's first court met in June 1683 in Piscataway, and held session at alternating sites over the next century in Perth Amboy, Piscataway and Woodbridge before relocating permanently to New Brunswick in 1778.

Geography: Land and Water

According to the 2010 Census, the county had a total area of 322.83 square miles (836.1 km2), including 308.91 square miles (800.1 km2) of land (95.7%) and 13.91 square miles (36.0 km2) of water (4.3%). The county is named after the historic English county of Middlesex.

Bisected by the Raritan River, the county is topographically typical of Central Jersey in that it is largely flat. The elevation ranges from sea level to 300 feet (91 m) above sea level on a hill scaled by Major Road near Route 1 in South Brunswick Township.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Union County, New Jersey - north
  • Monmouth County, New Jersey - southeast
  • Mercer County, New Jersey - southwest
  • Somerset County, New Jersey - northwest
  • Richmond County, New York - northeast

Education

Higher education

Middlesex County College (Edison - main campus; New Brunswick, Perth Amboy)
Rutgers University - New Brunswick (New Brunswick, Piscataway)
Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (New Brunswick)
Princeton University - Forrestal Campus (Plainsboro)
DeVry University (North Brunswick)

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