is a census-designated place
and unincorporated area
within Woodbridge Township
, in Middlesex County
, New Jersey
, United States
. As of the United States 2000 Census
, the CDP population was 3,829.
Port Reading was built in the late 19th century by the Reading Railroad
of Pennsylvania to service their shipping needs, especially coal from the Pennsylvania anthracite coal
fields. In 1892 Port Reading was connected to the Reading Railroad system via a new branch line from Bound Brook, New Jersey
, known as the Port Reading Railroad
Port Reading is located at (40.569504, -74.247747), along the Arthur Kill
waterway that separates New Jersey from Staten Island, New York
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 7.4 km² (2.8 mi²). 5.8 km² (2.2 mi²) of it is land and 1.6 km² (0.6 mi²) of it (21.75%) is water.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 3,829 people, 1,337 households, and 1,069 families residing in the CDP. The population density
was 663.0/km² (1,717.6/mi²). There were 1,357 housing units at an average density of 235.0/km² (608.7/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 90.99% White
, 2.61% African American
, 2.40% Asian
, 1.78% from other races
, and 2.22% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 7.57% of the population.
There were 1,337 households out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.2% were married couples living together, 13.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.0% were non-families. 16.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.86 and the average family size was 3.21.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 23.3% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 23.8% from 45 to 64, and 16.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 95.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.4 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $58,945, and the median income for a family was $64,259. Males had a median income of $50,142 versus $30,283 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $23,978. About 1.7% of families and 3.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.1% of those under age 18 and 2.0% of those age 65 or over.