Iselin is an unincorporated community located in Woodbridge Township in the county of Middlesex, New Jersey. The area borders on Edison, a larger township in Middlesex County. Other nearby communities include Westfield and Plainfield. People relocating to Iselin can find many neighborhoods with apartments to rent. In addition to finding jobs nearby, many residents commute to New York City for work via bus or train.
Iselin, which has a population of just over 18,000, is a diverse community that includes families as well as single professionals. The area is named after Adrian George Iselin, who helped to build a train station and girls' finishing school in the 1870s. Prior to that, the area was called Perrytown and Unionville.
The area has a variety of attractions for people of all interests. If you rent or own a home in a neighborhood near the downtown business district, you will have access to many interesting shops and ethnic restaurants. Indian restaurants and grocery stores are especially plentiful. Anyone who is fascinated by science will enjoy the Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park. This is close to the actual location where Edison performed his most important experiments. The museum has a variety of educational exhibits commemorating this great inventor.
Another nearby attraction is the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison, which is the state's largest exhibition venue. This center, which has 150,000 square feet of exhibition space, has all kinds of performances, trade shows and sporting events throughout the year.
Major highways such as Interstate 95 and Interstate 287 pass through the area, making it convenient for driving to destinations such as New York City. There are also buses and commuter trains to make it convenient for people who rent an apartment in Iselin or a nearby neighborhood but work elsewhere and want to cut down on their driving time.
People who want to further their education have several choices in this region. The best known institute of higher learning in this part of New Jersey is Rutgers University in New Brunswick. Rutgers, which is also known as the State University of New Jersey, is nationally renowned for its research, academic excellence and athletics. Another option that is even closer to Iselin is Middlesex County College, a community college in Edison. This college also has campuses in New Brunswick and Perth Amboy. Kean University is another public university in the region. This university has more than 80 academic programs and offers a variety of bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.
The three major employers in Middlesex County are Rutgers University, the pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb and the financial management company Merrill Lynch. The area offers quite a few job opportunities, especially in the fields of education and health care.