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Franklin Township is a Township in central Hunterdon Countymarker, New Jerseymarker, United Statesmarker. As of the United States 2000 Census, the township population was 2,990.

Franklin Township was established by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 7, 1845, when it was created from portions of Kingwood Townshipmarker, based on the results of a referendum held that day. Portions of the township were taken to form Clinton townmarker on April 5, 1865. In its early days, Franklin was a Quaker settlement. The most reliable records that are available about the early days of the Township are found in the minutes of the Friends' Meeting in Quakertown.

The Capoolong Creek, which runs through the community of Pittstownmarker, was an attraction to early settlers and they soon established three of the oldest churches in present day Hunterdon: Thomas Episcopal, established in 1723, Bethlehem Presbyterian, organized in 1730 and the Quaker Church in 1733.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 22.9 square miles (59.4 km²), of which, 22.9 square miles (59.3 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.17%) is water.

Franklin Township borders Alexandria Townshipmarker, Union Townshipmarker, the Town of Clintonmarker, Clinton Townshipmarker, Raritan Townshipmarker, Delaware Townshipmarker, and Kingwood Townshipmarker.


As of the census of 2000, there were 2,990 people, 1,091 households, and 890 families residing in the township. The population density was 130.7 people per square mile (50.5/km²). There were 1,125 housing units at an average density of 49.2/sq mi (19.0/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.53% White, 0.40% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.77% Asian, 0.33% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.24% of the population.

There were 1,091 households out of which 34.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.8% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.4% were non-families. 14.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the township the population was spread out with 24.9% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 30.6% from 45 to 64, and 12.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 98.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.1 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $91,364, and the median income for a family was $96,320. Males had a median income of $66,667 versus $44,779 for females. The per capita income for the township was $39,668. About 1.5% of families and 1.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.5% of those under age 18 and 4.9% of those age 65 or over.


Local government

Franklin Township is governed under the Township form of government with a five-member Township Committee. The Township Committee is elected directly by the voters in partisan elections to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with one or two seats coming up for election each year. At an annual reorganization meeting, the Township Committee selects one of its members to serve as Mayor and another as Deputy Mayor.

The Franklin Township Committee consists of Mayor Steven M. Tarshis, Deputy Mayor Robert Shockley, Diane Burgess, Linda Jacukowicz and Lawrence Remaly,

Federal, state and county representation

Franklin Township is in the Twelfth Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 23rd Legislative District.


The Franklin Township School Districtmarker serves public school students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The Franklin Township School served an enrollment of 379 students as of the 2005-06 school year.

Students in grades 9 through 12 attend North Hunterdon High Schoolmarker in Annandalemarker as part of the North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School Districtmarker. North Hunterdon High School serves students from Bethlehem Townshipmarker, Clinton Townmarker, Clinton Townshipmarker, Franklin Township, Lebanon Boroughmarker and Union Townshipmarker.


Franklin hosts a small portion of NJ 12, but without any intersections. CR 513 doesn't exactly pass through, but borders Franklin with Alexandria/Union. CR 579 passes through the township, which then connects to Alexandriamarker/Unionmarker and Delawaremarker/Kingwoodmarker. Franklin hosts a 1/5 mile section of the Phillipsburg-Newark Expressway , with an interchange (Exit 15) at the northern tip of the township.


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