Edison is a township in Middlesex County in the New York City metropolitan area. Situated in north-central New Jersey, Edison lies within the core of the Raritan Valley region. This 32-square-mile township of more than 100,000 residents is the fifth-most populous municipality in New Jersey, and is the home of Thomas Alva Edison’s famed Menlo Park laboratory where the incandescent light bulb was perfected and sound was first recorded.

Edison was ranked in several surveys and studies, including the following:

  • 28th most-livable small city in the United States by CNN Money Magazine
  • Second in New Jersey in 2006 in Money Magazine's "Best Places To Live"
  • In 2008 Money Magazine ranked the township 35th out of the top 100 places to live in the United States
  • In the 2006 survey of America's Safest Cities, the township was ranked 23rd, out of 371 cities included nationwide in the 13th annual Morgan Quitno survey
  • In 2009, Edison was ranked as one of "America's 10 Best Places to Grow Up" by U.S. News & World Report. The rankings focused on low crime, strong schools, green spaces, and abundance of recreational activities.

Edison is primarily a middle-class community with more than 75 ethnic communities represented. 

Raritan Center, located in the southeast section of Edison, is the largest industrial park east of the Mississippi River. The daytime population of Raritan Center is approximately 45,000, rivaling the population of many nearby communities.

The Edison Township Public Schools serve students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. The district's two high schools separate the south and north ends of Edison. In the Edison High School zone to the south, there are six K–5 elementary schools, while in the J.P. Stevens High School zone there are five K-5 elementary schools.


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