Perth Amboy, New Jersey

city in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States

Perth Amboy is a city in eastern New Jersey. It is part of the New York City metropolitan area. At the 2020 census, 55,436 people lived in the city.[7]

Perth Amboy, New Jersey
Perth Amboy courthouse and police station
Perth Amboy courthouse and police station
The City by the Bay[1]
Location of Perth Amboy in Middlesex County highlighted in red (left). Inset map: Location of Middlesex County in New Jersey highlighted in orange (right).
Location of Perth Amboy in Middlesex County highlighted in red (left). Inset map: Location of Middlesex County in New Jersey highlighted in orange (right).
Census Bureau map of Perth Amboy, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Perth Amboy, New Jersey
Perth Amboy is located in Middlesex County, New Jersey
Perth Amboy
Perth Amboy
Location in Middlesex County
Perth Amboy is located in New Jersey
Perth Amboy
Perth Amboy
Location in New Jersey
Perth Amboy is located in the United States
Perth Amboy
Perth Amboy
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 40°31′13″N 74°16′17″W / 40.52016°N 74.271331°W / 40.52016; -74.271331[2][3]
Country United States
State New Jersey
Earliest European Settlement1683
Royal charterAugust 4, 1718
IncorporatedDecember 21, 1784
ReincorporatedApril 8, 1844 (included Township)
Named forJames Drummond, 4th Earl of Perth
 • TypeMayor–Council (Faulkner Act)
 • BodyCity Council
 • Total5.96 sq mi (15.44 km2)
 • Land4.66 sq mi (12.07 km2)
 • Water1.30 sq mi (3.37 km2)  21.37%
 • Rank259th of 565 in state
13th of 25 in county[2]
Elevation62 ft (19 m)
 • Total55,436
 • Rank725th in country (as of 2022)[9]
31st of 565 in state
5th of 25 in county[10]
 • Density11,891.0/sq mi (4,591.1/km2)
  • Rank27th of 565 in state
1st of 25 in county[10]
Time zoneUTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Codes
Area code(s)732 Exchanges: 293,324,376,442,697,826[13]
FIPS code3402358200[2][14][15]
GNIS feature ID0885349[2][16]

Perth Amboy was chartered in 1718. The city was incorporated on December 21, 1784.

Notable people change

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Perth Amboy include:

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  42. Staff. "Michelle Visage brings some 'Jersey' to 'RuPaul's Drag Race'!",, January 27, 2011. Accessed November 25, 2012. "Q. Michelle, thanks so much for taking the time to talk to me! You're a 'Jersey Girl' correct? A. Sure am Cookie! Jersey is where it all started for me. I was born in Perth Amboy, and moved to South Plainfield."
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