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Perth Amboy is a city in Middlesex County, in the New York metro area.

The community was named after the fourth earl of Perth, plus Algonquian for "valley"

The latitude of Perth Amboy is 40.506N. The longitude is -74.265W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 56 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 48,447.


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Median household income
Local
$37,608
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Perth Amboy demographic reports
Perth Amboy is at the mouth of the Raritan River.
Ships carrying immigrants from Europe often landed here during the 19th century to avoid strict inspection laws in New York.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 232. The number of murders and homicides was 1. The violent crime rate was 4.8 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Sarah Grimke and her sister Angelina Weld, noted suffragists and abolitionists
· Jon Bon Jovi, rock musician, actor
Historic sites and museums: Kearny Cottage, Proprietary House/The Royal Governor?s Mansion
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
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National index: 100
Local index: 136

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1% of Perth Amboy residents report German ancestry, and 2% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Perth Amboy ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Perth Amboy was $14,989, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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10% of Perth Amboy residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Perth Amboy, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $642.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,259.


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Libraries in Perth Amboy include Perth Amboy Free Public Library ... View libraries

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Middlesex County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Perth Amboy political report.

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The average commute time for Perth Amboy workers is 24 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 3 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Perth Amboy between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of .6 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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