Franklin Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey

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Franklin Township is a Township in central Hunterdon County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the township population was 2,990. Most of the township lies on the Hunterdon Plateau with only the eastern section along the South Branch Raritan River being on the lower part of the Newark Basin.

Franklin Township was established by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 7, 1845, when it was created from portions of Kingwood Township, based on the results of a referendum held that day. Portions of the township were taken to form Clinton town on April 5, 1865.[6] In its early days, Franklin was a Quaker settlement. The most reliable records that are available about the early days of the Township are found in the minutes of the Friends' Meeting in Quakertown.

The Capoolong Creek, which runs through the community of Pittstown, was an attraction to early settlers and they soon established three of the oldest churches in present day Hunterdon: Thomas Episcopal, established in 1723, Bethlehem Presbyterian, organized in 1730 and the Quaker Church in 1733.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 22.9 square miles (59.4 km²), of which, 22.9 square miles (59.3 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.17%) is water.


Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 2,990 people, 1,091 households, and 890 families residing in the township. The population density was 130.7 people per square mile (50.5/km²). There were 1,125 housing units at an average density of 49.2/sq mi (19.0/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.53% White, 0.40% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.77% Asian, 0.33% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.24% of the population.

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