Raritan is a borough in Somerset County with a population of just under 7,000 people. The town gets its name from a Native American word thought to mean “forked river”. Originally, Raritan was established as a subdivision within Bridgewater, which explains its small 2 square mile size.
But what Raritan lacks in size, it makes up for in small town charm and a sense of community.
The town is great for commuters due to its easy access to many major roadways nearby. It’s about an hour’s drive from both Philadelphia and New York City, with commuting by train as another convenient option.
Frelinghuysen Park is a popular public park in town dedicated to former US Senator and General - John Frederick Frelinghuysen. The park has two baseball fields, two full-sized basketball courts, two tennis courts, and a modern playground. During the summer, residents have access to its outdoor pool. There are also picnic tables and recreational areas. This is just one of 3 parks that Raritan has to offer.
School age kids in Raritan attend the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District along with students from Bridgewater Township. The district is made up of 11 schools, 8,600 students, and 780 teachers. While most of these students live in Bridgewater, students from Raritan have equal access to everything the district offers. This includes stellar academics, extracurricular activities, and team sports. Schools in Bridgewater are highly rated and have won several awards throughout the last decade. Students also have the option to attend Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School. This four year magnet school in Bridgewater provides occupation and academic training to students throughout Somerset County. For families looking for a private school option, St. Ann Classical Academy is nearby.
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