Port Reading is a census-designated place and unincorporated community located within Woodbridge Township, in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the CDP's population was 3,728.
Port Reading was built in the late 19th century by the Reading Railroad of Pennsylvania to serve 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 Port Reading Junction near Bound Brook, New Jersey, known as the Port Reading Railroad. The Port Reading Refinery was partially located in the district.
According to the United States Census Bureau, Port Reading had a total area of 2.898 square miles (7.506 km2), including 2.243 square miles (5.809 km2) of land and 0.655 square miles (1.697 km2) of water (22.61%).
Port Reading lies along the Arthur Kill waterway that separates New Jersey from Staten Island, New York.
The 2010 United States Census counted 3,728 people, 1,283 households, and 998.2 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,662.2 per square mile (641.8/km2). The CDP contained 1,342 housing units at an average density of 598.3 per square mile (231.0/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 79.75% (2,973) White, 7.19% (268) Black or African American, 0.24% (9) Native American, 4.99% (186) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 5.53% (206) from other races, and 2.31% (86) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 17.84% (665) of the population.
Out of a total of 1,283 households, 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.2% were married couples living together, 15.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.2% were non-families. 18.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.91 and the average family size was 3.31.
In the CDP, 22.5% of the population were under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 27.2% from 45 to 64, and 16.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.2 years. For every 100 females the census counted 96.2 males, but for 100 females at least 18 years old, it was 91.1 males.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 3,829 people, 1,337 households, and 1,069 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 663.2/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 or Latino 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.
Elementary school (K-5)Port Reading School #9, 77 Turner Street