square mile area which is now the Township of Bridgewater was
originally purchased from a local Indian tribe. Chartered by
King George II of England in 1749, and incorporated in 1899,
Bridgewater is a modern suburban municipality with a balance
of residential and commercial uses. In the early years,
Bridgewater was known as a farming town. What is now
Somerville and Raritan were once part of Bridgewater Township
until they broke away years after the chartering.
Today, as was said, Bridgewater is a diverse and thriving
township with a mix of both rural and suburban life.Township
is prime ground for many new and large businesses, including
Sanofi-Aventis, J&J, MetLife, and Phillips-Van Heusen.
Bridgewater has progressed rapidly from its rural roots, and
will continue to grow in the future.
Population of Bridgewater
1980 Census: 29,175
1990 Census: 32,509
2000 Census: 42,940