Lower Township, New Jersey

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Lower Township is a township in Cape May County, New Jersey, United States. It is part of the Ocean City Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the United States 2000 Census, the township population was 22,945.

Lower Township was formed as a precinct on April 2, 1723, and was incorporated as one of New Jersey's initial 104 townships by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1798. Portions of the township were taken to form Cape Island Borough (March 8, 1848, now known as Cape May city), Cape May Point borough (created April 19, 1878, restored to Lower Township on April 8, 1896, recreated April 6, 1908), Holly Beach (April 14, 1885, now part of Wildwood city), South Cape May (August 27, 1894, restored to Lower Township on April 30, 1945), Wildwood Crest (April 6, 1910) and North Cape May (March 19, 1928, restored to Lower Township on April 30, 1945).[7]

New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Lower Township as its 34th best place to live in its 2008 rankings of the "Best Places To Live" in New Jersey.[8]



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 31.1 square miles (80.5 km²), of which, 28.2 square miles (73.1 km²) of it is land and 2.8 square miles (7.4 km²) of it (9.17%) is water.

Diamond Beach, Erma, North Cape May and Villas are census-designated places and unincorporated areas located within Lower Township. Other communities in Lower Township include Cold Spring, Fishing Creek, Schellenger's Landing and Townbank.[9]

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