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Old Bridge is a township in Middlesex County located toward the southeast edge of the Raritan Valley region and a suburb of New York City located across the Raritan Bay from Staten Island, and it is about 25 miles from Manhattan, and about 30 miles south of Newark. 

What is now Old Bridge Township was originally incorporated as Madison Township by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 2, 1869, from portions of South Amboy. Initially, the township was made up of farms which gave way to developments, and the population grew to 22,772 by 1960. The township was named as a contender for the title of one of the best places to live in the United States by Money magazine in both 2005 and 2007. In 2016, SafeWise named Old Bridge Township as the sixth-safest city in America to raise a child and was the second-highest ranked of the 12 communities in New Jersey included on the list.

As of the 2010 United States Census, the township had a total population of 65,375, reflecting an increase of 4,919 (+8.1%) from the 60,456 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 3,981 (+7.0%) from the 56,475 counted in the 1990 Census. As of the 2010 Census, the township was the state’s 18th largest municipality, after being the state’s 21st most-populous municipality in 2000.

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