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Rahway is located in Union County, New Jersey. Rahway has over 26,000 residents as of the 2000 United States Census.

Rahway and the surrounding area were once the home of the Lenni Lenape Native Americans, and tradition states that the city was named after Rahwack after a local tribal chief.  Formal European settlement began in 1664 with the purchase by the English from the Lenape of the Elizabethtown Tract, which encompassed lands from the mouth of the Raritan River and included all of present-day Union County as well as parts of Somerset, Middlesex, Morris and Essex counties.

Rahway became incorporated as a city by an act of the State Legislaturein April of 1858 and was formed from portions of Rahway Township in Union and Woodbridge Township in Middlesex County. In 1860, the portion of Rahway that had been part of Middlesex County was transferred to Union. On March 13, 1861, the remainder of Rahway Township became part of Rahway City.


Rahway is serviced by both Route 1/9 as well as Route 27.  It is also sandwiched in between the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway. 

New Jersey Transit's provides rail service to various points and bus service is also available to the Port Authority and Midtown Manhattan.

Newark Liberty International Airport is approximately 10 miles from Rahway. A short drive or train ride via New Jersey Transit.