Warren Township, New Jersey

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Warren Township is a Township in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the township population was 14,259.

Warren was originally inhabited by the Lenape Native Americans and was settled in the 1720s by European farmers. As early as 1900, it became a refuge for wealthy residents looking to escape nearby New York City.[9] Warren was incorporated as a township by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 5, 1806, from portions of Bernards Township and Bridgewater Township. The south-eastern half of the original township (which was close to a railroad and contained most of the population) was separated off as North Plainfield Township on April 2, 1872.[10] Warren is named for American Revolutionary War patriot, General Joseph Warren, who was killed at the Battle of Bunker Hill.[9]

In July 2009, CNNMoney.com ranked Warren #6 in its list of "Best Places to Live" in the United States,[11] citing in particular its schools, June carnival (the Lions Club's annual "Expo"), "wide open spaces" (generally 1.5 acres (6,100 m2) per house), and 74 "working farms" ("taxed-as-farmland" tracts, but rural, nevertheless).

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 19.7 square miles (50.9 kmĀ²). All of it is land and with the exception of a few private ponds, none of the area is covered with water. The east-west Second Watchung Mountain ridge bisects Warren, with the northern half of the township sloping northward to the Passaic and Dead Rivers, and the southern half spanning the Washington Valley, between the First and Second Watchung Mountain ridges, through which runs the East Branch of the Middlebrook.

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