Upper Township, New Jersey

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Upper Township is a large township in Cape May County, New Jersey, United States. It is part of the Ocean City Metropolitan Statistical Area. The township population was 12,115 as of the United States 2000 Census. As of 2006, the township had an estimated population of 11,363.

Upper Township was formed as a precinct on April 2, 1723, and 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 have been taken to form Dennis Township (March 1, 1827) and Ocean City borough (March 3, 1884).[7]

New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Upper Township as its 2nd best place to live in its 2008 rankings of the "Best Places To Live" in New Jersey.[8]

Upper Township is considering consolidation with neighboring Corbin City.[9]

Upper Township is home to the only yellow fire trucks in the southern end of the state. Seaville Fire Rescue Company[1] runs yellow fire trucks and responds to over 200 calls a year for assistance and has been proudly serving the township for over 50 years. The fire station is located on Route 50 across from Dino's Seaville Diner, a township landmark for over 30 years.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 68.5 square miles (177.4 km²), of which, 63.2 square miles (163.6 km²) of it is land and 5.3 square miles (13.8 km²) of it (7.77%) is water.

Strathmere is a census-designated place and unincorporated area located within Upper Township. Marmora is an unincorporated area within the township. The township contains many different communities and enclaves that create a diverse area reaching from Great Egg Harbor to the Atlantic Ocean. Seaville is the largest community and Strathmere is the Township's island containing a beautiful beach community.

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