Mullica Township, New Jersey

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Mullica Township is a township in Atlantic County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the township population was 5,912.

Mullica Township was incorporated as a township by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 13, 1838, from the western section of Galloway Township. Egg Harbor City was created from portions of the township on June 14, 1858, while the Town of Hammonton was created and split off on March 5, 1866.[7]

The township and its famous river were officially named after Eric Pålsson Mullica, an early Finnish settler born in 1636 who founded a homestead on the river after moving there from the vicinity of Philadelphia, and who later moved to Mullica Hill in Gloucester County.[8]



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 56.9 square miles (147.5 km²), of which, 56.6 square miles (146.5 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (0.9 km²) of it (0.63%) is water.

Despite a relatively small population, Mullica Township comprises many small unincorporated communities. Elwood-Magnolia is a census-designated place and unincorporated area located within Mullica Township. Sweetwater is an unincorporated community within the township. Other smaller unincorporated areas include: Weekstown, Nesco, and Devonshire. Unincorporated communities in Mullica Township are largely identified by landmarks such as the Elwood Deli, the Sweetwater Casino, or the Weekstown Firehouse. The small unincorporated communities within the township solicit a particularly high level of pride, and many Mullica Township residents refer to themselves as residents of their unincorporated community foremost, before referring to themselves as residents of Mullica Township.

Mullica Township is located in the Northeast portion of Atlantic County, in the New Jersey Pinelands. It is bounded on the north by Washington Township in Burlington County; on the east by Egg Harbor City; on the south by Hamilton Township; and on the west by the Town of Hammonton. The Township is approximately 13 miles outside of Atlantic City and 40 miles outside of Philadelphia.

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