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Raritan is a borough in Somerset County not to be confused with Raritan Township in Hunterdon County. The township’s name is derived from the Raritans, a Native American group of Lenapes. The name of the tribe is said to mean “forked river”, “stream overflows” or “point on a tidal river”. The borough borders the Somerset County municipalities of Bridgewater Township, Hillsborough Township and Somerville. Raritan is in the western division of the Raritan Valley (a line of cities in central New Jersey), along with Branchburg and Bridgewater.

As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough’s population was 6,881, reflecting an increase of 543 (+8.6%) from the 6,338 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 540 (+9.3%) from the 5,798 counted in the 1990 Census.

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