Raritan Township, New Jersey

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Raritan Township is a Township in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the township population was 19,809. The southeast part of the township is in the Amwell Valley, while the northwestern part is on the Hunterdon Plateau.

Raritan was incorporated as a township by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 2, 1838, from portions of the now-defunct Amwell Township. Flemington town was formed within the township on March 14, 1870, and became an independent borough on April 7, 1910. Portions of the township were ceded to East Amwell Township in 1854 and 1897.[8]

"Raritan Township" was also the former name of a community in Middlesex County, now known as Edison Township.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 37.9 square miles (98.2 km²), of which, 37.8 square miles (98.0 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.18%) is water.


Also, Raritan completely surrounds Flemington.

Demographics

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 19,809 people, 6,939 households, and 5,391 families residing in the township. The population density was 523.5 people per square mile (202.1/km²). There were 7,094 housing units at an average density of 187.5/sq mi (72.4/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 93.22% White, 1.23% African American, 0.09% Native American, 3.50% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.68% from other races, and 1.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.79% of the population.

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