Pennsauken Township, New Jersey

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Pennsauken Township is a township in Camden County, New Jersey, USA, and a suburb of Philadelphia. As of the 2000 census, the township population was 35,737.

Pennsauken Township was incorporated as a township by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 18, 1892, from portions of the now-defunct Stockton Township.[7]

Pennsauken is home to a large industrial park that includes a Pepsi plant, Disc Makers, and J & J Snack Foods Corporation. The exact origin of the name Pennsauken is unclear but it is probably from the tongue of the Lenni Lenape people (a Native American group which once occupied the area). The Lenni Lenape term for "tobacco pouch" is "Pindasenauken".[8]

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Geography

Pennsauken Township is located at 39°57′24″N 75°03′21″W / 39.956562°N 75.055918°W / 39.956562; -75.055918 (39.956562, -75.055918).[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 12.2 square miles (31.6 km2), of which, 10.5 square miles (27.3 km2) of it is land and 1.6 square miles (4.3 km2) of it (13.54%) is water.

The township includes Petty's Island, a 292-acre (1.18 km2) island in the Delaware River although most of the island actually sits across a narrow strait from neighboring Camden. Once an oil storage and distribution facility, the island is now the site of a container cargo shipping operation and nesting bald eagles. Petty's Island is currently the focal point of the township's waterfront redevelopment plan.

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