Downe Township, New Jersey

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Downe Township is a township in Cumberland County, New Jersey, United States. It is part of the Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area for statistical purposes. As of the United States 2000 Census, the township population was 1,631.

What is now Downe Township was formed as a by Royal Charter on January 19, 1748, as Downes Township, from portions of Fairfield Township. Downe Township 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 Commercial Township (February 27, 1874).[6]

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 54.2 square miles (140.5 km²), of which, 50.8 square miles (131.5 km²) of it is land and 3.5 square miles (9.0 km²) of it (6.40%) is water.

Fortescue is an unincorporated area located within Downe Township, and is known as the "weakfish capital of the world".[7]

Downe Township borders Lawrence Township, Millville, Commercial Township, and the Delaware Bay.

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,631 people, 658 households, and 438 families residing in the township. The population density was 32.1 people per square mile (12.4/km²). There were 1,134 housing units at an average density of 22.3/sq mi (8.6/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 91.05% White, 4.84% African American, 1.47% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.98% from other races, and 1.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.37% of the population.

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