Harding Township, New Jersey

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Harding Township is a township in Morris County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the population of the township was 3,180.

The township contains two unincorporated communities, a portion of Green Village and all of New Vernon, both of which have origins as colonial settlements that predate the American Revolution. The governmental offices for the township are in New Vernon.

The 07976 Zip Code for New Vernon was named one of the "25 Richest Zip Codes" in the United States by Forbes magazine in 2006.[8] Many relatively unchanged large country estates that have been passed down through several generations attest to the wealth of many of its residents. Some have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places and some of those, have nonprofit support organizations that assure the retention of the original nature of the properties.

Harding Township was formed as a township by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on September 1, 1922, from portions of Passaic Township (now known as Long Hill Township), based on the results of a referendum passed on May 9, 1922.[9]



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 20.5 square miles (53.0 km²), of which, 20.4 square miles (52.9 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.20%) is water.


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 3,180 people, 1,180 households, and 940 families residing in the township. The population density was 155.6 people per square mile (60.1/km²). There were 1,243 housing units at an average density of 60.8/sq mi (23.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.20% White, 0.41% African American, 1.07% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.22% from other races, and 1.07% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.79% of the population.

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