Morris Township, New Jersey

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Morris Township is a township in Morris County, New Jersey, USA. As of the United States 2000 Census, the township population was 21,796. It is known as the "doughnut" around Morristown since it completely encapsulates it, and has at least five times the area. Though, near Morris Plains the width of Morris Township is less than a mile.

Morris Township was originally formed as of March 25, 1740. Portions of the township were taken on December 24, 1740, to form Roxbury Township, and on March 29, 1749, to form Mendham Township. Morris Township was incorporated as a township by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1798. Portions of the township were taken to create Chatham Township (February 12, 1806), Passaic Township (now Long Hill Township, on March 23, 1866) and Morristown (April 6, 1865).[7]



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 15.8 square miles (40.9 km²), of which, 15.8 square miles (40.8 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.32%) is water.

Convent Station is an unincorporated area within Morris Township.

Also, Morris completely surrounds Morristown.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 21,796 people, 8,116 households, and 5,949 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,383.0 people per square mile (534.0/km²). There were 8,298 housing units at an average density of 526.5/sq mi (203.3/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 88.63% White, 5.46% African American, 0.15% Native American, 3.90% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.91% from other races, and 0.95% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.81% of the population.

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