Hamilton Township, Mercer County, New Jersey

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Hamilton Township highlighted in Mercer County. Inset map: Mercer County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.

Hamilton Township is a township located in Mercer County, New Jersey. As of the 2000 census, the township had a total population of 87,109. The township is located right next to the city of Trenton, the capital of New Jersey. Hamilton Township is governed under the Faulkner Act (Mayor-Council) system of municipal government.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 104.6 km² (40.4 mi²). 102.2 km² (39.5 mi²) of it is land and 2.4 km² (0.9 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 2.28% water.

Hamilton Township borders Trenton, Lawrence Township, West Windsor, Washington Township, Burlington County, Monmouth County, and the Delaware River.

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there are 87,109 people, 33,523 households, and 23,667 families residing in the township. The population density is 852.5/km² (2,208.0/mi²). There are 34,535 housing units at an average density of 338.0/km² (875.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the township is 85.15% White, 8.16% African American, 0.14% Native American, 2.56% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2.19% from other races, and 1.76% from two or more races. 5.13% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 33,523 households out of which 31.2% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.3% are married couples living together, 11.5% have a female householder with no husband present, and 29.4% are non-families. 24.5% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.8% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.58 and the average family size is 3.10.

In the township the population is spread out with 23.2% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 15.6% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 39 years. For every 100 females there are 91.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 87.0 males.

The median income for a household in the township is $57,110, and the median income for a family is $66,986. Males have a median income of $46,360 versus $33,673 for females. The per capita income for the township is $25,441. 4.2% of the population and 2.8% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 5.4% of those under the age of 18 and 5.6% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

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