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About East Brunswick

Not to be mistaken for New Brunswick, East Brunswick is a township in New Jersey's Middlesex County and is part of the New York City metropolitan area. It's among the largest communities in the county and has been growing steadily for decades. Thanks to a well-developed network of highways and public transportation, it's very easy to travel between East Brunswick and major destinations such as New York City, the Jersey Shore and a handful of airports.

The History of East Brunswick

In the 1600s, settlers from Germany, Scotland and other European countries settled in the area after coming to a peaceful agreement with the local Native American tribes. Most of those early residents built their homes near local rivers.

The economy in East Brunswick flourished almost from the very beginning. While farming served as a major source of income for the first settlers, other industries quickly gained steam, from manufacturing and masonry to retail and blacksmithing. The Native Americans, as well as the early settlers, created beautiful pottery that collectors still seek out today. Additionally, World War I inspired new munitions and retail businesses to support the armed forces as well as local residents. Transportation served as a turning points in East Brunswick's history. The railroad and overland roads connected the town to other communities in New Jersey and New York, and facilitated expanded trade.

While the economic climate in East Brunswick has always provided well for its citizens, the 19th and 20th centuries have brought more diversity to the area. A growing arts scene offers art, music and other creative pursuits, while an influx of schools in recent years has created an educational environment that offers plenty of options.

Living and Working in East Brunswick

Although its population has not grown as fast as those of some of the larger cities in New Jersey and New York, East Brunswick has nevertheless experienced healthy growth over the past century. Local publications have named East Brunswick one of the great towns in the state, and a diverse population creates a vibrant community environment.

If you're looking for a job in the area, it's helpful to know that health care is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the town, with an abundance of doctor's and dentist's offices within the town limits. Among the town's hundreds of doctors, nearly every specialty is represented, and there is a host of supportive medical facilities, from imaging centers to dialysis providers. This benefits both the local economy and the town's health care, providing many jobs and making good health easily accessible.

Local amenities include the town's popular senior center, which provides social activities and seminars for senior citizens. The Crystal Springs Aquatic Facility is a highlight for families, featuring a lazy river, multiple pools and a water slide. In addition, children and adults alike can enjoy more than 600 acres of public park-land, attend performances hosted by the community theater company and visit the award-winning local library.

East Brunswick Schools

The schools of East Brunswick are part of the East Brunswick School System. Hatikvah International Academy Charter School is among the town's more popular charter schools, operating on a lottery-based enrollment system.

Resources for Moving to East Brunswick

If you're planning a move to East Brunswick, you'll be able to make good use of the following information:

  • Utilities: East Brunswick's major utilities providers include Jersey Central Power & Light, Public Service Electric & Gas and the town's utilities department.
  • Garbage and Recycling: The city provides trash and recycling collection services.
  • Transportation: Public transit options in East Brunswick include NJ Transit, Suburban Transit and Amtrak.

East Brunswick Housing

There's no shortage of housing inventory in East Brunswick, and options range from cozy townhouses to spacious family homes on large landscaped lots. There are also many multi-family housing units throughout the community, in addition to several senior living facilities.