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Iselin, New Jersey
Map of Iselin CDP in Middlesex County. Inset: Location of Middlesex County in New Jersey.
Map of Iselin CDP in Middlesex County. Inset: Location of Middlesex County in New Jersey.
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Middlesex
Township Woodbridge
Named for Adrian Georg Iselin
 • Total 3.190 sq mi (8.263 km2)
 • Land 3.189 sq mi (8.261 km2)
 • Water 0.001 sq mi (0.003 km2)  0.03%
30 ft (9 m)
 • Total 18,695
 • Density 5,861.5/sq mi (2,263.1/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP code
Area code(s) 732/848
FIPS code 3434470
GNIS feature ID 2389973

Iselin is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) located within Woodbridge Township, in Middlesex County, New Jersey. As of the 2010 United States Census, the CDP's population was 18,695.

Previously known as Perrytown and Unionville, Iselin received its current name after New York investment banker and philanthropist Adrian Georg Iselin, who established a finishing school in the 1870s for girls from wealthy New York families there. Iselin additionally subsidized the erection of a new train station which was replaced by a newer station to the south known as Metropark. The largest bordering town of Iselin is Edison.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP had a total area of 3.190 square miles (8.263 km2), including 3.189 square miles (8.261 km2) of land and 0.001 square miles (0.003 km2) of water (0.03%).

Downtown area

Iselin's downtown is centered on Oak Tree Road, bound by the Garden State Parkway to the West, and Route 27 (Lincoln Highway) to the East. Once home to a wide array of shops, eateries, services, and complemented by a single-screen 1920s movie palace, the area was in obvious decline in the 1980s. An influx of Asian Indian immigration beginning in the early 1990s led to the area's revitalization. Formerly vacant stores were tenanted, and additional retail spaces built as the area became known for its high quality Indian food, sweets, clothing (particularly saris), jewelry, music, and other goods.


2015-04-13 17 20 31 View south along the Garden State Parkway from the Northeast Corridor overpass in the Iselin section of Woodbridge, New Jersey
The Garden State Parkway in Iselin

An area known as Metropark, consisting primarily of office parks and large office buildings, lies in the southwestern corner of Iselin and spills over into neighboring Edison. The New Jersey Transit and Amtrak Metropark Station is named for this area.

In addition to a Hilton Hotel (now known as Hotel Woodbridge at Metropark) and the train station, Metropark also features the headquarters of Ansell Limited, Engelhard Corporation (acquired by BASF in 2006) and Eaton Corporation's Filtration Division. Other corporate residents in the area include Siemens AG, Tata Consultancy Services, Ernst & Young, Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Accenture, Level 3, BT (British Telecom), UBS AG, Anthem, and TIAA-CREF.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1990 16,141
2000 16,698 3.5%
2010 18,695 12.0%
Population sources:
1990-2010 2000 2010

2010 Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 18,695 people, 6,445 households, and 4,892 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 5,861.5 per square mile (2,263.1/km2). There were 6,718 housing units at an average density of 2,106.3 per square mile (813.2/km2)*. The racial makeup of the CDP was 41.47% (7,753) White, 6.72% (1,257) Black or African American, 0.33% (62) Native American, 46.12% (8,623) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 2.26% (423) from other races, and 3.09% (577) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.12% (1,332) of the population.

There were 6,445 households out of which 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.4% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.1% were non-families. 20.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.90 and the average family size was 3.39.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 21.0% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 27.7% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.5 years. For every 100 females there were 95.7 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 94.8 males.

South Asian community

Iselin hosts one of the region's main centers of Indian American cultural diversity. The growing Little India is a South Asian-focused commercial strip in Middlesex County, the U.S. county with the highest concentration of Asian Indians. The Oak Tree Road strip runs for about one-and-a-half miles through Iselin and neighboring Edison Township, near the area's sprawling Chinatown and Koreatown, running along New Jersey Route 27. The zone is the largest and most diverse South Asian cultural hub in the United States. In Middlesex County, election ballots are printed in English, Spanish, Gujarati, Hindi, and Punjabi. According to the 2017 American Community Survey, 42.6% of Iselin residents identified themselves as being Indian American, the highest percentage for any census-designated place in the United States.


Iselin public school students attend the schools of the Woodbridge Township School District. Elementary Schools #18, #24 and #26 are located in Iselin as well as Iselin Middle School (nicknamed the Panthers) and John F. Kennedy Memorial High School (nicknamed the Mustangs).

Notable people

See also (related category): People from Woodbridge Township, New Jersey

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Iselin include:

  • Tom DeSanto (born 1968), film producer and screenwriter best known for his work with long-time friend Bryan Singer, especially with his contributions to the first two X-Men movies.
  • Robbie E (born 1983), professional wrestler with Impact Wrestling on POP TV.
  • Chris Smith (New Jersey politician) (born 1953), U.S. Representative for New Jersey's 4th congressional district since 1981.

See also

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