Hamilton Township, Mercer County, New Jersey

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Hamilton Township is a Township in Mercer County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the township had a total population of 87,109. The township is located immediately east of the city of Trenton, the capital of New Jersey.

Hamilton was incorporated as a township by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 11, 1842, from portions of the now-defunct Nottingham Township. Portions of the township were taken to form Chambersburg borough (April 1, 1872, annexed by Trenton in 1888) and Wilbur borough (April 24, 1891, annexed by Trenton in 1898).[7] Hamilton Township derives its name from the village of Hamilton Square, which was named for Alexander Hamilton.[8]

In 2006, Hamilton Township was ranked by Morgan Quitno as the eighteenth safest "city" in the United States, out of 369 cities nationwide.[9] In the company's 2005 survey, the Township was ranked 15th safest of 354 cities surveyed nationwide.[10]

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 40.4 square miles (104.6 km²), of which, 39.5 square miles (102.2 km²) of it is land and 0.9 square miles (2.4 km²) of it (2.28%) is water.

Although Hamilton is one of the largest townships in New Jersey it doesn't have a true "downtown", but a number of former "villages" from smaller commercial centers. These include Hamilton Square, Mercerville, Yardville, White Horse and Groveville. Mercerville-Hamilton Square, White Horse and Yardville-Groveville are all census-designated places and unincorporated areas located within Hamilton Township.

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