Population: 55,181, according to the 2010 census, with whites making up around 45 percent of the total, and Hispanics nearly 50 percent. Some of the neighborhoods with houses that might be considered “starter homes” are now largely populated by the Latino and Hispanic communities. That has led to another dimension to New Brunswick’s culinary attractions — a stretch of French Street known as “Little Mexico,” with nearly every one of the 22 Latin American countries represented in some way.
Form of government: A mayor and council form, with Jim Cahill, a Democrat, having served as mayor since 1991.
Housing prices and property taxes: The median value of owner-occupied housing units is $260,000. Average property taxes were $6,077 in 2010.
Redevelopment. Various sites in the center of the city have been re-zoned for multi-use high-rise development. One new site is now being marketed by Weichert Commercial, which seeks developers for a three-plus acre site where in the middle of the five-acre New Redmond Redevelopment Area on New Street, within three blocks of the Northeast corridor rail system.
Online resources. The New Brunswick City Market (www.newbrunswick.com) offers links to most major cultural, dining, and entertainment venues in town. The restaurant listings include Vietnamese, Ethiopian, Mexican, Korean, Italian, soul, sushi, and Caribbean, diners, steakhouses, pubs, and more — 34 restaurants in all. The same site lists 14 bars and nightclubs.
The concentration of night spots is so great that restaurants have coordinated with each other so that their individual karaoke nights don’t occur on the same night.
Arts & Culture outside of Theater Row. Check Arts & Culture section of NewBrunswick.com. The Lustig Dance Theater, American Repertory Ballet (also has office in Princeton), New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra, Raices Cultural Center, the Rutgers Film Co-Op/NJ Film Fest, Visual Arts League, and the Zimmerli Museum.
The New Brunswick Jazz Project (732-640-0001) has been responsible for New Brunswick’s emergence as the new hotspot for jazz music in New Jersey.
Public schools: The New Brunswick Public Schools consist of four pre-K to 5 schools, three pre-K to 8 schools, one K-8 school, New Brunswick Middle School (grades 6 to 8), and New Brunswick High School (grades 9-12). Students interested in pursuing a career in health care can also apply to attend Health Sciences Technology High School (grades 9-12), which is technically an annex of New Brunswick High School but is administered by a Basking Ridge-based education company. Total enrollment in the district is 7,209 students.
As classified by the state, the district is one of 31 Abbott Districts in the state — defined as a district where the level of education does not meet constitutional requirements for public education.
NJ Monthly ranked New Brunswick 293rd in its 2012 rankings of the top high schools in New Jersey.