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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B
Dunellen is a suburb of New York City with a population of 7,392. Dunellen is in Middlesex County. Living in Dunellen offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Dunellen there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Dunellen and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Dunellen are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$279,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,242
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    29%
  • Own
    71%
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Dunellen Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    27.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    0
    40.7
  • Robbery
    13.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    191
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,119
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    13.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    17%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    30%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%

Working in Dunellen

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$78,447
National
$55,322
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Dunellen Reviews

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The center of town is dirty and disheveled. A few nice looking buildings with too many busted up looking dumps. The used car lots don't help the look either! Walking around can be dicey at busy times of day. Cars go well above the 25 mph speed limit on most struts because they are used as cut throughs. The roads are horrific! Most are filled with potholes. Overall the drown is poor and long over due for a new leadership and a new vision that modernizes an otherwise dreary and beaten down looking business district. Maybe 1 or two decent places to eat, the rest are crappy grease joints. Schools are ok for a small town, but size limits opportunities for students.
The one decent thing I can say about the town is the residents are pretty friendly.
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So disappointed w/my move to this town. The taxes are sky high for nothing. I've yet to see a street cleaner come down my street - - tho I do see plenty of cars racing down it at well over 40 miles/hr in a 25 mile/hr zone. No police to be found. When an ambulance was needed we waited 45 mins for someone to arrive bc the EMT's had to come from the Plainfields. I was told bc Dunellen has very few volunteers. Good to know next time I'm having a heart attack. Your tax bill does not include trash removal nor sewer costs. Most of the houses on the block get water in the basement during heavy rains. Trains barrel through pulling their whistles at all hours of the night & early morning hours and the downtown looks pretty seedy. I worked in this area about 10 yrs ago and it was much nicer then. Putting the house up for sale in the Spring and getting the heck out of Dodge. There is nothing to recommend this town.
Dunellen is in an area that has parks , places to eat , a train station and close to shopping areas . There are several programs offered for children and families to take part in and a library that offers programs for children to seniors. The schools have activities to help children learn in different ways and the opportunity for students to get involved with the community . If you are interested in getting involved there are several ways to do so and form bonds with people and learn new things about yourself and other .